Each of us is made to do big things. It’s true! God made you, me, everyone to do big things. But how do we know what we should do? What if we do the wrong thing? Why does it have to be “big”? These and many other “fear” questions can take over and keep us from doing what God has called us to do. Often, we make things much bigger than they really are.
Our verse this month says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid … for the Lord your God goes with you.” God is with us in every moment, every thought, and every action. And because He is with us, we do not have to be afraid. We can be strong and courageous when we follow Him in doing the big things He wants us to do.
The funny part is that those big things may seem quite small and insignificant when they are actually the tiny rock that falls and creates an avalanche. So, don’t let the “big” scare you because it will often look much different and be way easier than we ever could have imagined. The action itself may be small but it can be the start of big things. So whether you are choosing the next king or inviting someone to church, do not be afraid because God is with you.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God has big things for us to do. (David Chosen as King • 1 Samuel 16:6-13)
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who made you to do big things?
Bottom Line: God made me to do big things.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Bible Story Video – David Chosen as King (link)
Worship – Super Duper Kid (link)
Worship – My God is Number One (link)
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We will practice this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Memory Verse with Hand Motions (link)
Bible Story Activity (link)
Coloring Page (link)
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about how God had BIG things for David to do. Do you remember what big thing God wanted David to do in our story? (Pause.) Yes, God chose David to be the next king! That’s a pretty big thing!
“God has big things for you to do, too. That’s why we’ll learn this Bible verse. It says . . . ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you,’ Deuteronomy 31:6. I love that Bible verse! I feel so strong and brave when I say it, just like a super kid! (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“David had no idea what big things God had for him to do when he was a young boy taking care of sheep. But now we know that God has big things for everyone to do. God has big things for [child’s name] to do and God has big things for [family member’s name] and . . . (continue with each family member.) That’s why when I say your name I want you to say, [Bottom Line] ‘God made me to do big things.’ (Give each family member an opportunity to say the Bottom Line.)
“Super job! Now it’s time to pray. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give each family member who wants to pray the opportunity to do so.)
Prayer: “Dear God, You are amazing! You made the whole world and everything in it, and that means You made (name each family member). And not only did You make each of them, but You made them to be super kids and do big things! I pray they will always look to You to know what to do. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”Jeremiah 29:11, NIV