- If you could spend a day with any person in the Bible (not Jesus), who would it be and why?
VIDEO SEGMENT (Pastor Reg’s Introduction to Sunday’s Message)
- Pastor Reg mentioned that there is a tendency to approach Bible study from an application ONLY mindset; looking for the “what should I do”. Is this your tendency when studying the Bible or hearing a message (like reading about David and Goliath and fixing thoughts on facing your giants)?
- If you were able to hear the entire message, can you remember why this is not the best approach?
- What caused David to face the giant? Why did the 3 Hebrew children choose not to bow? Why did Peter step out of the boat? Why did they have audacious faith followed by action? (They had a high view of a BIG God. They saw God more nearly as He is)
- When approaching Bible study from an application only mindset, we occupy our minds with the “effect” (action) and not the “cause” (reason for their action). It’s focus on what they did while not considering the reason they did what they did.
- What is ironic is that we are very familiar with what we should do, with application (trust and not worry, persevere under trial, not fear). The reason we have trouble living it out is because our perspective of God becomes blurry (David ran towards the giant because he served a faithful God, 3 Hebrew children had a big God, Abraham an all-knowing God, Peter a God that is beyond natural laws). You don’t respond to circumstances like these people did with a low view of God.
READ: Daniel 11:32b …but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action
- What do you think the word “know” in this verse means (discern, perceive, see).
- Do you think that we have made God too ordinary, lowering the lofty to human terms (normalizing the incomprehensible)?
- The Bible is full of brow raising stories that describe our God. They say, “Look! This is God!” It’s unfamiliar, consuming, difficult, outside our range of understanding”. What are stories about God that demonstrate His transcendence?
READ: Exodus 33:12-23
- How do God’s words “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” strike you?
- We can take two different approaches to this study. “I should be in awe of God, I need to be in awe of God” (application). Or, we could look at stories of God and let awe result in action.
READ: ISAIAH 6:1
- Isaiah is a prophet. He has the high responsibility of representing God to the people. He goes to the temple
READ: ISAIAH 6:2-4
- The repetition of the seraphim calls attention to what is important. They are emphasizing that God is superlative.
- What do you think Isaiah’s state of being is at this time?
READ: ISAIAH 6:5
- “Woe is me!” Announcement of doom. “For I am lost” (undone, ruined) (personal disintegration/coming apart at the seams).
- Why do you think Isaiah is experiencing a meltdown (creature in presence of Holy Creator)?
READ: ISAIAH 6:6-8
- Traumatized by the holy, yet healed by the Holy. Before he went and responded with great obedience, he first got a glimpse of God.
- Discuss and explore how seeing God and getting a clearer picture of God could affect how we presently live.
God is Bigger | God’s Plans
Week 4 – God’s plans are bigger than my plans for my life.
This purpose of this series is to help the kids understand the greatness and grandeur of
God. We’ll study how God is not only bigger than the massive universe He created, but also how He is bigger than all of the things we face as humans. Though He is big, He is still willing to be personal and intimate in a relationship with each one of us.
Main Point: God’s PLANS are bigger than my plans!
Memory Verse: “No one is like you, Lord. You are great and your name is mighty in power.”
Below are resources you can use during your weekly time with the kids of your small group. This content will help them remember and further understand what they are being taught on Sundays in Praise Kids. Get to know the kids in your group, and order these elements to create the best flow for the time you have with these particular kids. If you ever have any questions or need tips on how to be successful with the content, feel free to contact us!
● The purpose of this lesson is to teach students that God has a greater purpose than we have for ourselves. Our days are usually spent focusing on playing, school, or doing what our parents want for us. God’s plan for our day could be to change someone’s life by being a friend to them, encouraging mom and dad by helping with chores, or showing God’s love to a neighbor by helping them with their groceries. God is always working to accomplish his desire for our lives. We want to model this idea through the life of Samuel. His mom, Hannah, prayed to have a child for a long time before Samuel was born. Hannah promised God that if He gave her a child that she would commit to follow out God’s plan for his life and not her own. Know the story of Hannah and Samuel by reading 1 Samuel 1. These 24 verses are packed with great application for our lives to trust that God has a bigger plan than we can see.
Memorization – 5 minutes
● Memorization elements for this week are:
○ Jeremiah 10:6 – “No one is like you, Lord. You are great and your name is
mighty in power.”
○ God is omniscient! God knows everything!
Video – 20 minutes
● The video element to support the lesson for this week retells the story of Hannah and God. Use this link to access the video. https://vimeo.com/254617042
Activity – to be done while the video is playing
● Use the following coloring sheets to entertain and interact with the kids as you talk about the lesson with them and get to know them better. One is simpler for younger kids, and the other is a color by number so they can “follow a plan.” Let them assign different colors to each number if they want. When the kids are finished coloring, talk to them about some of the times that a plan may have turned out differently than expected. Use examples of your own and let them share examples as well. Then, remind them that God always knows the plan for our life and His plans are bigger and better than any we could make for ourselves!
Questions for Kids – Here are some review questions for you to go over with the kids.
Who were some of the characters in the story today? Samuel, Hannah, Eli (priest), Elkanah (Hannah’s husband), Peninnah (Elkanah’s second wife)
What did Hannah want but couldn’t have? A child
Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah… could she have children? Yes
How did she treat Hannah? Badly. She would make fun of Hannah because Hannah couldn’t have kids
Why did Hannah go to the church? To pray and ask God for a child
What did Hannah promise God that she would do with her child? She would give him to God all the days of his life AND his hair would never be cut
Did Hannah have a child? Yes, his name was Samuel
Did Hannah follow through with her promise to God? Yes, she brought Samuel to the church and gave him to Eli to raise him at the church and teach him to follow God
Would you have been able to do what Hannah did?
How does the story with Samuel end? Why was it important that Hannah fulfilled her promise to God? God chose to use Samuel to be the leader of all of the nation of Israel. God eventually used Samuel to crown Saul as the first king of Israel and eventually crown David as the second king of Israel