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True Victory / 1 Samuel 17:1-58
One Main Truth: God is Victorious, Therefore I am victorious
“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: “You are Victorious in the Game because Your Representative is Victorious”
In the Bible: “Israel is Victorious because Israel’s Representative David is Victorious”
In Your Life: “You are Victorious because Your Representative Jesus is Victorious”
1 GAME EXPERIENCE: Rock Paper Scissors
- Find a partner to play against.
- On the count of three, make a fist with your hand.
- While saying ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ swing your hand down three times.
- On the third swing, choose to show Rock (a fist), Paper (an open hand), or Scissors (two fingers).
- Here’s how it goes: Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock.
- Find a partner, but here’s the twist: if you don’t win, line up right behind the winner, and you two become a team.
- Round two, winners! Find another pair of winners to play against. If you do not win this round, join in the line behind the winners, and now you’re a team of four!
- Keep going and give it your best shot until there are just two champs left standing.
- Final round! The player who wins this round is not just winning for themselves—it’s a victory for the entire team! Wait! if you want you can switch to the other team before the final round. Let’s cheer for our winning team!
2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - 1 Samuel 17:1-58
THE CIRCUMSTANCE (1 Samuel 17:8-9)
(Children let’s pretend to pick up one small stone. Pretend you have a sling. Take one arm and hold it to about your head, then make your wrist go in a circle like we are going to throw a rock at a hungry lion that is going to eat our lamb. Let go of one end of the sling, and watch the rock go up into the air. Watch it hit the lion in the head and see him run away. You were very brave. Today we are going to find out what David did?)In the land of Israel, between the mountains of Socoh and Azekah, a valley stretched out, the Valley of Elah. On one side stood the Philistine warriors, their champion towering above them—a giant named Goliath, over 9 ft. tall, and his armor weighed about 125 pounds. The top of his spear was about 15 pounds. He was a man to be feared. On the opposite side, the army of Israel encamped, with King Saul leading the way. Goliath challenged the Israelites, his voice booming across the valley. “Why have you come out to battle? Send forth a champion to face me. If he defeats me, we shall serve you; if I prevail, you shall serve us.” (from 1 Samuel 17:8-9) The Israelites trembled at his words. Among them was a young shepherd named David, sent by his father to check on his older brothers serving in the army. Goliath’s taunts echoed in David’s ears as he observed the fear in the eyes of his people.
THE CHOICE (1 Samuel 17:3-58)
David’s heart burned with anger. “Who is this circumcised Philistine to defy the living God?”. David’s question gave hope to the hearts of those around him. David’s words reached King Saul, and he was called to the king’s presence. Saul hesitated. “You are but a youth and Goliath is a seasoned warrior,” he warned. David told Saul how God had helped him overcome lions and bears while tending his father’s sheep. He declared, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the bear will deliver me from this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37)David refused Saul’s armor, and chose a sling and five smooth stones from the brook. With strong faith, he faced Goliath. The giant scorned him, yet David stood firm. “You come to me with sword and spear, but I come in the name of the Lord.” (1 Samuel17:45)
THE CONSEQUENCE (1 Samuel 17:48-58)
Triumph and Inspiration: David’s stone flew true, striking Goliath in the forehead. The giant fell, defeated by a shepherd boy’s faith and a single stone. God delivered David from the giant Goliath just like he had delivered him from the lion and bear. David’svictory helped the entire nation of Israel feel like they could be winners also. The Philistines fled, and the Israelites chased them in victory. ” David, now a hero, returned to Saul with Goliath’s head in his hand. The victory was not only David’s but the Lord’s. Israel witnessed the power of God and the strength of faith. Saul questioned David’s lineage, and the young shepherd revealed his humble origins.
THE LIFE LESSON
The story of David and Goliath is a reminder to trust in God, not the weapons or the ways of the world. (from 1 Samuel 17:3-58)
3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child
(1) The One Main Truth Planted in MY HEART, Growing MY ATTITUDE
POWER WORDS: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty” I Samuel 17:45b
(2) The One Main Truth Rooted in MY MIND, Leading MY CHOICES
- In the game “Rock Paper Scissors,” which hand gesture represents “Rock”? Which one represents “Scissors”?
- How did our game of “Rock Paper Scissors” and the final round relate to the idea that “You are Victorious in Life because Jesus is Victorious”?
- Just like the final round of the game, where the player’s victory benefits the whole team, how can our victories and triumphs in life impact those around us positively, reflecting Jesus’ victory in our lives?
“Boys & girls, that sounds a lot like what we just discovered in the Bible!”
- Who was the giant that challenged the Israelites, and how was he defeated?
- How did David’s trust in God’s victory over Goliath lead to his own victory? How can this teach us about our own battles in life?
- In the story of David and Goliath, what army was victorious because of David’s victory? How does the parallel between the truth that “You are Victorious in Life because Jesus is Victorious”? How does Jesus’ victory impact the way we face challenges?
- Boys and Girls, your game-winner made that “entire team victorious,” David’s victory made the “entire nation of Israel victorious,” because Jesus won the victory over the devil, because Jesus is victorious over everyone, including you, “We can join God’s family and also be victorious!”
- Have you ever faced a situation where you felt like an underdog, just like David against Goliath? How did you approach it?
- How can the truth “You are Victorious in Life because Jesus is Victorious” help you overcome feelings of fear and doubt when facing challenges?
- Can you think of a personal experience where you relied on Jesus’ victory to overcome a difficult situation?
(3) The One Main Truth Today Committed in MY SOUL, Inspiring MY ACTIONS
POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me “God thank you that you won a great battle through David and all of Israel became victorious. Jesus thank you for winning the greatest battle as my representative and making me victorious. Boys and girls ask Jesus to show you victories He wants to win in you now and in the future, Listen close
*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 because you are victorious I am victorious!.”
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!