A Disciplined Life 

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A Disciplined Life / Daniel 6:1-28

One Main Truth: Listen to God, Obey God, Regardless of Consequences (outcome or results)

“Are you ready for the Joy of Discovery? Unlock the One Main Truth: It’s an adventure in the Game, a revelation in the Bible, and it will transform your Life. Let’s take one step closer to becoming a Champion for Eternity!”

 In the Game: ” Players had to listen to Simon”
In the Bible: ” Daniel Listened to and Obeyed God”
 In your Life: ” You must Listen to and Obey God”

1 GAME EXPERIENCE: Simon Sez

  1. Have a Leader be “Simon” and the rest of the children will be the players.
  2. Explain that when Simon gives a command, players should only follow if Simon starts the command with “Simon says.” For example, “Simon says touch your toes.”
  3. If Simon gives a command without saying “Simon says” first, players should not follow that command.
  4. Players who follow a command without “Simon says” are out of the game for that round and need to sit down.
  5. Keep playing with Simon giving different commands, mixing up those with and without “Simon says.”
  6. The last player remaining who follows the correct commands wins and becomes the next Simon.

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Daniel 6:1-28

THE CIRCUMSTANCE (Daniel 6:1-5)
In the bustling kingdom of Babylon, where King Darius ruled, a man named Daniel stood above all of the people who helped rule the kingdom. Daniel made wise choices in a land that didn’t worship the One True God. God blessed Daniel and his three friends by allowing the King to see them as better, than the others and allowed them to work in his kingdom for him. He was appointed as one of the three leaders overall, second only to the King. Daniel’s honesty and wisdom from God shone brightly over the entire kingdom. But within the hearts of those who didn’t love God, there was jealousy. They thought of a plan to get rid of Daniel. Since Daniel did no wrong it would have to be against Daniel’s God, “The Lord God Almighty”.

THE CHOICE (Daniel 6:6-16)
The advisors said “Let us appeal to the King’s pride” and trick him. The advisors to the king said, “Whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except the, O, king, shall be cast into the den of lions.” (1 King 6:7 b) So the decree forbidding prayer to anyone, but King Darius was issued. Daniel faced a choice to stand firm and continue to pray three times a day and be thrown into the lion’s den or forsake his God. What do you think Daniel did? (If you think to pray, shout out pray now PRAY). I think you can say it louder than that, PRAY!! Great job. That is just what Daniel did he went up to his room opened the window and prayed three times a day. He stood firm in his faith in God. Daniel’s heart remained true even though the decree meant facing a terrifying fate in the lions’ den. He chose to serve and love God above all else. Questions to consider: Can you imagine making a choice that might lead to serious consequences? How does Daniel’s choice inspire you to stand firm in your faith?

THE CONSEQUENCE (Daniel 6:16-25)
The jealous, evil men came before King Darius and said, “Didn’t you make a law that no one should pray to anyone else? Daniel is praying to his God three times a day.”The king knew he had fallen into a trap against Daniel and was very sad. He tried to see if there was some way to change the law, but couldn’t. As Daniel was cast into The lion’s den, the king said “Daniel, thy God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” (Daniel 6:16b) Within the darkness of the den, God’s light shone. The ferocious, hungry lions, under the command of God’s angel, did not hurt him. Miraculously Daniel was unharmed. In the morning the king went to the den and was very happy to see Daniel alive. He threw the evil, jealous men into the lion’s den. Boys and girls, Daniel remained true to God. The King even recognized the One True God! In chapter 6 verses 25-27:

Then King Darius wrote to people of all nations, no matter what language they spoke. He said, “May you have great success! I order people in every part of my kingdom to respect and honor Daniel’s God, He is the living God, He will live forever, His kingdom will not be destroyed, and His rule will never end. He sets people free and saves them. He does miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child

(1) The One Main Truth Planted in MY HEART, Growing MY ATTITUDE

POWER WORDS:  “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries.”  Daniel 2:47

(2) The One Main Truth Rooted in MY MIND, Leading MY CHOICES

POWER QUESTIONS:

Game Questions:

  • What did you do when Simon said “Simon Sez”?
  • What happened when you did something without Simon saying “Simon Sez”? Did some people move without Simon?
  • Boys and Girls those that lasted the longest in our Simon Sez game were the ones who listened for the words “Simon Sez.” Does that sound like what happened in our Bible
    Discovery about Daniel listening to the one true God!
    Boys & girls, that sounds a lot like what we just discovered in the Bible!”

Bible Questions:

  • Who was the king that Daniel first served under?  (Darius)
  •  Did Daniel do what the king said? (No, He continued to pray)
  •  Did Daniel do what God said? (Yes, he chooses to trust and obey. He put God first in his life)
  •  Why didn’t the lions eat Daniel? (God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions so they couldn’t eat him.)
  •  What new law did Darius make? (All people were to honor and respect Daniel’s God the one true God)
  •  Boys and girls Daniel lived in a land that tried to change him and his friends, but they stayed true to God and God received much Glory!

Life Questions:

  • Why do you think Darius was going to promote Daniel? (He was well-known for his honesty, truthfulness, kindness, and willingness to work.
  •  Daniel made a choice to serve God. Do we have to make choices to? (Yes. What choices do you have to make? To pray, go to church, read the bible, not steal, lie, and obey my parents.)
  •  How can we develop (grow, improve, create) the courage to stand up for our faith and obey God’s commands? (By reading the bible, praying, being kind, going to church and trying to serve God)
  •  In your own life, what are some practical ways you can listen to God and obey Him, regardless of the outcomes or challenges you might face?

(3) The One Main Truth Today Committed in MY SOUL, Inspiring MY ACTIONS

POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me “Dear God, please help me to always be faithful to what your word says and not listen to outside influences. God who are the ones I should NOT listen to? 
*Let’s be still and quiet, opening your heart to hear God’s whisper* 
(Coach, wait at least 14 seconds, allowing God to connect to every child)
Jesus, please give me the courage to obey and share this truth.”    

Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with Strong & Powerful Worship Motions
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“GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

Now, remember to share this truth,
practice this truth, and bring a friend back with you! Boys and girls, let’s go out as the
“Champions for Eternity” that God expects us to become!

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