True Victory

True Victory

(Series: Bible Overview #2 of 54)

One Main Truth: God is Victorious, Therefore I am victorious

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1. GAME: Rock Paper Scissors

Game / Bible / Life Connection:   You are Victorious in the Game because Your Representative Won / Israel is Victorious in the Bible because David Won / You are Victorious in Life because Jesus is Victorious

1. Explain the rules of the game. Players make their hand into a fist, bend their elbow, straight their arm, on the third time they make their choice: Rock, Paper or Scissor.  Rock = a hand in a fist, Paper = hand flat, Scissor = two fingers. Explain Rock defeats Scissors, Paper defeats Rock, and Scissors defeats Paper.  Youtube Help ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dsHuU10udYf )
2. Have children pair up with a partner and play.  IMPORTANT the player that does not win must line up behind the player that won making team of two.
3. Play again with the players that won playing against another player that won. The team that does not win lines up behind the winning team making a team of four.
4. Keep playing until there are only two players left that have won every time and all the children are lined up and on one of the teams.
5. The last round explain that the player that wins will win the victory for the entire team! Ask players if they want to switch teams. Play the last round and congratulate the winning team.

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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - 1 Samuel 17

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:     You are Victorious in the Game because Your Representative WonIsrael is Victorious in the Bible because David Won / You are Victorious in Life because Jesus is Victorious 

David Represents All Israel:  Once in the time of kings and queens, a war broke out between the Israelites and the Philistines.  Every morning and evening, a 9 foot tall giant named Goliath challenged and cursing the Israelites. From 1 Samuel 17:8-11 “Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”  10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other. 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” Seeing the giant every Israelite shook like a leaf and no one could stand up to his challenge. David arrived at the scene, as his father had sent him with food for his brothers who were in the army. David was too young to be in the army. and when he heard Goliath challenging the Israelites, he sincerely asked, “Who is this man to defy the army of living God? The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17: 37). Having such a complete faith in God, the young shepherd David volunteered to fight the experienced giant.  King Saul tried to have David wear the weapons of this world.

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

David picked up five smooth stones and marched forward to meet Goliath. “Do you think I am a dog? Goliath cursed David. “You come against me with sword,” David shouted, “but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty,” and David hurled the stone from his sling quickly which hit Goliath right in the forehead and he fell down dead. David knew God was with him and God fought for him.

Israel’s Representative is Victories = All Israel is Victorious: I Samuel 17:51b “When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath[f] and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.” 

Our Victory: We don’t have to fight 9 foot giants in our lives, but we do have giants to fight too! These giants can be challenges we face and they can even be temptations. (Temptation is when we have an idea in our minds to do something wrong. That is called a temptation and everyone is tempted. For example, we may think about telling a lie, taking something that is not ours, or even being mean to someone. We can ask Jesus to help us not to do these things and He will help us. When we decide not to listen to those bad thoughts, it is called having victory over the temptation). Sometimes it is very hard but God is always there if we trust God to help us have victory, just like God won a mighty victory through David.

David’s Achievements: David was victorious in many battles because he trusted not in himself, but in God for the victory. He was able to unify all 12 tribes of Israel. Under his leadership they conquered Jerusalem and established as the permanent capital of their kingdom. He expanded the territory and the nation became prosperous. However, David’s greatest accomplishment was to be called a man after God’s own heart by God himself. It doesn’t mean David was perfect, he too had his weaknesses. But whenever he did wrong he was completely honest in confessing his sin. What was important to God was important to him.  What angered God angered him. When God said, “This is wrong and I want you to change,” David changed because he had a heart for God. This is the heart of David that God wants all of us to have.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:     You are Victorious in the Game because Your Representative WonIsrael is Victorious in the Bible because David Won / You are Victorious in Life because Jesus is Victorious

Memory Verse:  “You come against me with sword and spear… but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty”   I Samuel 17:45

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. GAME
Raise your hand if your team won the Rock Paper Scissors Game?
Why were you so  excited when your representative won the game?

2. BIBLE
We heard today that young boy won a battle, can someone raise their hand and tell me us about the battle?
What did the little David have to fight the battle? (a rock and a sling, but David trusted God).
Who was David trusting? (God, not his own strength)
What happened to Israel when their representative won the battle? (they were victorious)

Boys & Girls there is another time in the history of the Bible where two “Representative faces one another ~ Jesus vs satan (satan is not a god, satan is only a created creature). satan thought he defeated Jesus at the cross but Jesus defeated death and satan when Jesus rose from the grave.  Because Jesus is our representative.  Say this with me “Because Jesus is Victorious” “I am Victorious!”

 

3. LIFE
Repeat after me: “God thank you that you won a great battle through David and all Israel became victorious. Jesus thank you for winning the greatest battle as my representative and making me victorious.  Boys and girls tell God thank you in your own heart right now *Pause* Jesus because you are victorious I am victorious!”

4. Worship Song:
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement:
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Play target shoot: Make a 9 foot Goliath out of card board and write five daily temptations or challenges on his forehead. Tape it on the wall. Using paper balls, ask the children to hit the temptations or challenges.

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