When facilitating a study, getting to the end of the material isn’t the ultimate objective. Although covering all the material is ok, the greater objective is to facilitate an interactive discussion where dialogue is safe and open to all. Allowing for silence (thinking), being transparent, and asking follow-up questions help create an interactive group.
Opening Up (Helps transition into the study)
Introduction to Study
For past several weeks, we have been talking about the person of God. Initially this may sound like a study for beginners, but as we have discovered, God is far from being an elementary subject. While we have hopefully discovered new insights about God, the thrust of the study is to appropriately respond to what we already know or don’t know, moving from mystery to worship.
Post Video Discussion
God wants us to know Him as He is. He does not want us to have wrong or inadequate views of Him because that has an impact on our ability to relate to Him properly. Our view of God needs to be like a photo that He has taken and given to us rather than a portrait we have painted or a caricature that over emphasizes one particular truth about God. The problem is that God is an infinite, transcendent Spirit, and we are finite, material creatures. Knowing God will involve Him making Himself known to us.
God is different from us, infinitely above us and beyond us. It is a miracle that we can even know Him or even have a close, loving relationship with Him. This mystery is indeed beyond our ability to fully comprehend.
(Options that are optional). What season do you feel you are in spiritually right now (spring with new growth, summer with strong consistent growth, fall and reaping a harvest, or winter with hope for a thaw, but things very still and quiet for now)?
Before watching the video, ask those attending to be thinking of some things we can know or learn about God from the natural world around us (His power, His wisdom, His beauty, etc.) How do those things we see in nature affect our mental picture and view of who God is? And also, what are some specific things the Bible reveals about God’s transcendence and immanence?
Many of the ways God describes Himself in the Bible show Him to be transcendent. What does transcendent mean?
What are some portions of Scripture that clearly teach this truth? (Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 17:24; Isaiah 55:8-9; 1 Kings 8:27 etc.)
What do these word pictures tell us about God and His transcendence?
What does it mean for God to be Immanent?
What are some scriptures that show God is near us? (Acts 17:27; John 1; Psalm 139; His name is Immanuel, meaning God with us, etc.)
Why does God reveal His immanence to us? What does He desire?
God often directs us to look at what He has created in order to learn specific lessons about Him and our relationship with Him.
Read back over the entirety of Isaiah 40
Can you think of specific instances where God used creation to illustrate spiritual truths? (perhaps some of the parables, what God told Abraham to do in order to increase his confidence in what God had promised him, and also the psalms.)
Why does God want us to look at creation to learn about Him? Why can’t we just use our reason and logic and figure it out on our own? (Can God be known apart from creation or His word?) [Romans 1:20]
How does God apply the truths of His transcendence and immanence in the final verses of the chapter? (beginning in verse 28 and going to the end.)
What does verse 1 of Isaiah chapter 40 tell us should be the result of Beholding our God and knowing He is both transcendent and immanent? How can knowing God better have that result in our lives? Does it have that result in yours? Why or why not?
Share the difference in how you feel reading Isaiah 40:11 versus Isaiah 40: 12-26. Why does it evoke different emotions, do you think?
How do you think the knowledge of God’s transcendence and immanence will affect your life, your worship, and your relationship with God going forward?
Week 6 – God’s joy is bigger than my happiness.
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 joy is bigger than my happiness!
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!
This week we are going to look at the relationship that Jonathan had with David. It will allow us to see that there is a difference between doing what makes me happy (happiness) and doing what makes God happy (joy).
– Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 19:1-7, 20:1-9, 20:35-41 Here are the points to we want to highlight:
– Jonathan loved David as a friend and recognized that God had chosen David to be the leader of Israel. (18:1-5) Jonathan, we are sure, would have loved to be king of Israel.
Instead of doing what made him happy, he recognized that God wanted David to become king. He chose to do what made God happy.
– As David continued to be successful in battles, Saul became VERY jealous. Saul ordered Jonathan and all of his servants to kill David. Jonathan refused and pleaded with his father to do no such thing. Saul listened to his son Jonathan for a while (19:1-7) Jonathan fighting for David’s life meant that Jonathan would never become the king of Israel… but David would.
– After Saul tried to kill David with a spear and sent people to his house to try and kill him, David met with his best friend Jonathan and asked for help. Jonathan agreed to help save David in any way that he could. David and Jonathan agreed to a plan to see if Saul wanted to try and kill him. (20:1-9) Side note… It would be super cool to have a nerf bow and arrow set to shoot from the stage just like Jonathan did in the story.
– When Jonathan realized that his father wanted David dead no matter what he went and met David, told him of the terrible news, and wept/cried with his good friend that he knew he wouldn’t be able to see again. Jonathan chose to save David’s life instead of allowing him to be killed by his father. Jonathan picked joy over his or his father’s own well being or happiness.
– How do we apply this to the lives of our kiddos? There are lots of times in our day when we choose what makes us happy over what would make God happy… who we play with on the playground, whether we play on our tablets or choose to help mom and dad with the chores, if we go talk to our neighbors about Jesus/coming to church or if we choose to stay in our own yard and play on the swing. There are choices every day that make us happy versus make God happy. What Jonathan learned is that what makes God happy brought Jonathan something better than happiness… it brought him JOY!
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 always good!
Video – 20 minutes
● The video element to support the lesson for this week covers David’s relationship with both Saul and Jonathan. Use this link to access the video. https://vimeo.com/256647405
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. Ask them to list off different things that make them happy. Then ask them what they think makes God happy.
Questions for Kids – Here are some review questions for you to go over with the kids.
Who were the two friends in our story? David and Jonathan Who did David work for? King Saul
How were Jonathan and King Saul related? Father and son Did Saul like David? No
Why did Saul get mad at David? He was jealous of him
What did Saul want to do to David? Kill him
What was one way Saul tried to kill him? Threw a spear
What did Jonathan do for David? Helped him escape; protected him
What was the secret signal to let David know if it was safe? Shooting arrows and speaking in code
What did David and Jonathan want to happen?
Sometimes what we want….what we think will make us happy isn’t God’s plan for us. And if we do what God wants, we find true happiness. What is something that you have thought would bring you joy in this world but it hasn’t really?
What is one way that God’s joy fills your heart each day?