A Brave Shepherd Boy

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A Brave Shepherd Boy / 1 Samuel 16:1-13

One Main Truth: God Looks at the Heart (Bravery is in the Heart)

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In the Game: “Someone Helped You Be Brave”
In the Bible: “God Helped David Be Brave”
In Your Life: “God Will Help You Be Brave”

1 GAME EXPERIENCE: Grab the Rock

  1. Split into two teams and stand facing each other, forming two lines about 10 meters apart.
  2. Place an item (the “rock”) in the center between the two teams. This could be a ball, a cone, or any small object.
  3. Assign a number to each player on one team and have their counterpart on the other team stand directly across from them.
  4. The game leader will call out a number. The players with that number from each team run to the center, grab the ‘bacon,’ and try to return to their side without being tagged by the opponent.
  5. If a player gets tagged before reaching their side, the opposing team earns a point.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all numbers have been called.
  7. Round 2. Boys and girls in round two there is a “guard” by the Rock. If the guard tags you, you are out.
  8. Round 3. This time there is a helper that can “freeze the guard” you can go in bravely and grab the rock without fear. 

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - 1 Samuel 16:1-13

THE CIRCUMSTANCE (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
Long ago in the times of Kings and Queens, in the land of Israel, nestled among hills and valleys, lay the town of Bethlehem. In this town lived a young boy one that would shape the destiny of an entire nation!  The boy’s name is David.  The time was a crossroads in history when the hearts of men were torn between loyalty and faith.

THE CHOICE (1 Samuel 16:7, 12-13)
Samuel, a prophet with a heart tuned to listen to God’s voice, found himself called by the Almighty. “How long will you grieve over Saul?” the Lord’s voice echoed in Samuel’s soul. “I have rejected him as king. Fill your horn with oil and journey to Jesse the Bethlehemite. There, I have chosen a king among his sons.” (1 Samuel 16:1) With fear, Samuel obeyed, carrying an offering of sacrifice. But fear clung to him like a shadow. “How can I go? If Saul hears, he will kill me,” he thought. The Lord, in His wisdom, instructed Samuel to bring a heifer and speak of a sacrifice. Samuel’s faith was small within him as he set out on this divine mission. In Bethlehem, Samuel’s presence stirred the elders, and they asked. “Do you come peaceably?” they asked. “Peaceably,” Samuel replied, consecrating Jesse and his sons. A sense of anticipation filled the air, for they sensed the divine purpose behind Samuel’s visit. As Jesse’s sons passed before Samuel, his eyes were drawn to Eliab, strong and noble. But the Lord’s voice resounded, “Do not look on his appearance or stature. I have rejected him. The Lord sees the heart, not outward appearances.” Each son, Abinadab, Shammah, and seven more passed in order, but the Lord had not chosen them. Samuel questioned, “Are all your sons here?” Jesse hesitated, then spoke of the youngest, David, tending sheep. “Send for him,” Samuel declared, refusing to rest until he arrived. When David stood before Samuel, his youth and innocence shone. The Lord’s voice declared, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Samuel poured oil on David’s head, anointing him as future king. From that moment, the Spirit of the Lord rushed powerfully upon David, guiding his steps.
David would later tell Saul (1 Samuel 17:34-35) But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.”

 THE CONSEQUENCE (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
In the depths of David’s humble shepherd’s heart, an extraordinary truth ignited—a truth that would become a beacon of light through trials and triumphs. David’s anointing marked the beginning of a journey, a journey filled with both challenges and victories. As days turned into years, David’s heart remained steadfast. His love for God grew, shaping his attitude and desires.
When faced with adversity, he remembered the One Main Truth—an eternal presence guiding his actions. In the fields, he composed psalms of hope, faith, and joy, reflecting his deep connection with the Almighty.
The consequence of David’s anointing was not only a crown but a heart aligned with God’s purpose. His path was filled with battles and trials, yet he held onto the truth that he was chosen by God.
David’s reign was marked by victories and challenges, yet through it all, he clung to the truth that God’s presence shaped his choices. His heart’s melody sang with the love, hope, and faith that inspired generations to come.
Later in (Psalm 78:70-72) God’s wisdom in choosing David is made clear, “”He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” These passages highlight David’s bravery and his dedication to protecting his sheep, which ultimately prepared him for his future role as the greatest King of Israel.”

For all history, the story of David reminds us that a heart in line with God’s purpose can overcome any obstacle. His journey from shepherd to king is a powerful reminder to the One Main Truth, a truth that invites us to anchor our hearts, minds, souls, and strength in God’s unchanging love.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child

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

POWER WORDS:  “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outside of a person. But the LORD looks at what is in the heart.”   1 Samuel 16:7b

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


Game Questions:

  • In the game “Grab the Rock,” how do the actions of the players reflect the idea that bravery can be found in someone’s heart?
  • Can you think of a moment in the game where someone showed bravery by running to grab the rock even when it was challenging? How does this relate to the concept that bravery comes from within?

Bible Questions:

  • In the Bible passage, why does God choose David as the future king instead of his older brothers? How does this demonstrate that bravery is an essential quality in God’s eyes?
  • What does the Bible mean when it says, “God looks at the heart”? How is this related to the idea that bravery is found within a person’s heart?
  • How did David’s bravery in facing challenges as a shepherd prepare him for his role as the greatest King of Israel? 

Life Questions:

  • Reflect on a time when you or someone you know showed bravery in a difficult situation. How did their inner courage impact the outcome of that situation?
  • Think about the challenges you may face in your life. How can the concept that bravery is found within your heart inspire you to face those challenges with confidence?
  • How can David’s example of bravery and trust in God encourage you to cultivate bravery in your own heart and live a life of purpose and Christlikeness?


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

POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me “God thank you for telling us about David, God thank you for looking at my heart and attitude and character because I can be a small person, but God I know you can do great things through me. God what areas do you want me to be brave by trusting in you?”
*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)
“God help me to be brave and always trust you.”

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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