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In all likelihood, many of you have an established curriculum in your Sunday Schools. Our goal is to augment your lessons with additional information. This month we are examining I Samuel. This book is chock full of stories and great lessons - almost too many for one month. It will be up to you to select the ones that are age appropriate for your pupils.

In addition to your own inspired and creative activities, you may want to consider some of the following ideas.

Bible Characters looks at the lives of Hannah and Samuel.

Swap Shop offers an activity on making puzzles to use while storytelling.

Bible Overview delves into I Samuel and its rich history.

Teen Time addresses the issue of being overwhelmed: Overwhelmed? Yes, By The Power Of God!

Kids Korner includes a special story for pre-schoolers: - David, the shepherd; for young children: A Special Prayer, A Voice at Night, The First King, A New King, and David and Goliath; for older children: Hurlbut's, The Little Boy with a Linen Coat and How the Idol Fell Down Before the Ark; and Egemeier's, The Tall Man Whom God Chose to Become Israel's First King, How the Eyes of Some of Saul's People Were Saved, and How David Killed the Giant Goliath.

Kids Korner also offers Hannah telling the story of Samuel in Story Telling.

Teachers, ask the parents of your pupils to read the story of Samuel hearing God's call before tucking them into bed. Enlist their help in teaching the children to tell this story all by themselves.

Below is a sample calendar of Bible verses and related questions to read and discuss each week in February. Work with your child and your students to learn each week's memorization verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to their everyday lives. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week. Encourage your children and Sunday School pupils to share lessons learned from working with Bible verses and stories.

   
 
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Week of January 26-February 1
Memorization verse: Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

  • What does this verse mean to you? What does "provoke" mean in this context?
  • Why should we provoke each other unto good works?

Sunday, February 1

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How are goals similar to a new song in our mouths?
  • Have you ever thought about your life helping people learn to trust in God?

Read I Samuel

  • What was I Samuel about?
  • Who was Hannah?
  • Why did Eli ask Hannah if she had too much to drink? (see DYK - Hannah)
  • What did Hannah ask God for?
  • What did she promise God?
  • Could you have given your child to God?
  • What was Hannah's child's name?
  • What was special about Samuel?
  • Where did Samuel live?

Tell the story of when Samuel heard someone call him in the night.

  • What did Samuel hear?
  • Who was speaking to Samuel?
  • Who did Samuel think was calling him?
  • What did Eli tell Samuel to do?
  • Memorize the verse: I Sam 3:9 Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.
  • Are you listening to God?
  • Have you ever heard God speak to you?
  • What is the book of I Samuel about?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • Israel is about to receive its first king -- why?

Week of February 2-8
Memorization verse: Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • How can you love God with all your heart, soul, and might?

Assignment:

Young Children:

Older Children:

Sunday, February 8

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • What kind of love is required by God? for God?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions and activities)

Some of the stories in Samuel are a bit complicated for young children. For the younger classes I'd work with listening and obedience.

  • What happens when we don't listen to our parents?
  • Why is it important to be obedient?
  • Why can we trust our lives to God?

Help the children with their listening skills.

  • Tell them a short Bible story.
  • Have each child retell the story.
  • How accurate are they in the retelling?
  • Ask specific questions about the story?
  • Are they able to answer?
  • Ask them all to spell the word "spot" out loud.
  • Then have them quickly respond to this question out loud

    What do you do when you come to a green light?

    • Many of them will say "Stop."
    • Discuss what it means to really listen.
    • Do we miss details?
    • Why?
    • How can we become better listeners?
    • How will being a better listener help at school, at church, and at home?

This next story is more suited to older children. The story of Samuel responding to God's call begins his role as a prophet. God tells him he's not happy with the behavior of Eli's sons. Eli wants to know what God has told Samuel. Samuel relates the gory details of what will happen to Eli's sons. Then Eli's sons do something very foolish. They take the Ark of the Covenant to use as a weapon against the Philistines.

  • What is the Ark of the Covenant?
  • Why was it so important not to touch the Ark?
  • Who was the only person allowed into the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was kept? (the priest - Eli)
  • What's in the Ark? (Ten Commandments)
  • What happens to Eli's sons? (They are killed in the battle and the Ark is stolen.)
  • What does this news do to Eli? (He drops dead on the spot. - I Sam 4:14-18)
  • How many are familiar with the movie, "The Raiders of the Lost Ark?"
  • What is the premise of the story?
  • Do you remember how everything was booby-trapped to keep people from getting close to the ark?
  • What happens when the Philistines take the ark? (I Sam 5)
  • Who is Dagon? (the national god of the Philistines)
  • How is the story of the Philistines and the ark similar to the story of "The Raiders of the Lost Ark?"
  • Do you think the movie writers got the background of the movie from the Bible?
  • What happens when they send the Ark away? (I Sam 6-7)
  • What do you learn from this experience?

Assignment:

Week of February 9-15
Memorization verse: I John 4:11
Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • Why should we love others?
  • Can't we just love whom we want to?

Sunday, February 15

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Talk about the difference between God's love for us and our love for each other.

Have the younger children share the Valentines they prepared for God.

Tell the story of Saul's anointing. (I Samuel 9 and 10)

  • Why did the Israelites want a king? (because all their neighbors had one)
  • Is it a good idea to always get what our neighbors have?
  • Is there a commandment about that? (Ex. 20:17)
  • Was Saul tall or short? (I Samuel 9:2)
  • Why was Saul a good choice for a king? (I Samuel 9-11)
  • How did Samuel and Saul discover each other? (Saul was looking for his father's missing donkeys, and before he even had a chance to open his mouth, Samuel told him that they had been found. Saul was so impressed that he followed Samuel's leadings without question.
  • Why was there a private anointing? (Samuel's first anointing of Saul was done privately; Saul would need to grow into his position in order to garner the support of his fellow countrymen.)
  • What were the advantages of having a king?
  • What were the disadvantages of having a king?
  • Were the people just exchanging one form of bondage (Egypt) for another (King)?
  • What is the difference between a king and a prophet?
  • Whom did Saul have to listen to?
  • What was Saul's first mistake? I Samuel 13
  • Why was Saul disobedient?
  • What happens when we want things done on our time table instead of God's?
  • Saul was disobedient again and this time it cost him being king. What did he do wrong? (I Samuel 15:1-22)

Sometimes the boys in class like to talk about the battles and the armaments.

Have them describe how the Israelites and the Amalekites fought.

  • What did they use for weapons? (rocks, axes, torches, battering ram, arrows, spears)
    • Bible Characters - an Israelite chariot carried three riders?
    • Chariots cost about $1300 each.
    • An archer's quiver held about 30 arrows.
    • The basic armor consisted of:
      • Helmet
      • Coat of mail
      • Shield
      • Greaves (shin guards)

       

      Have you seen any movies or television shows that use this equipment? What have you seen?

      • What do you think of those battle tactics?
      • What would be better than fighting?

Assignment:

Younger Children:

Older Children:

Week of February 16-22
Memorization verse: Jer. 9:24 Let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does it mean to boast?
  • Do you know any boasters?
  • Who was a boaster in the stories you read this week?

Sunday, February 22

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Have they ever met any boasters or done any boasting?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

  • Why did this anointing take place in secret?
  • Who did Samuel anoint? (David)
  • What great lesson did Samuel learn? (I Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
  • What can we learn from that verse?
  • What does God see when He looks on your heart?
  • After David is anointed, who sends for him? (Saul)
  • What does David do for Saul? (I Samuel 16:23)

Let your classes tell the story of David and Goliath (I Samuel 17)

  • What was David? (shepherd)
  • What do shepherds do?
  • Why did Jesse, David's father, send David to the battlefield? (to take food to three of his brothers in the army)
  • What did David see when he got to the front lines? (a giant named Goliath)
  • What was Goliath's boast?
  • Why was everyone afraid in Saul's army? (Goliath was 9' 9" - 11' tall, his armor weighed more than David)
  • What did David offer to do?
  • Why was David so confident that he could defeat Goliath? (lion and bear)
  • Bible Characters that a shepherd slingshot isn't like the ones we use today. It consisted of a small patch of leather with two long straps. An average shepherd could hit a target over 50 yards away. The stone flew off of the patch at over 60 miles an hour.
  • Why didn't David wear Saul's armor?
  • What did Goliath say when he saw David?
  • What was David's ringing statement to Goliath? (I Sam 17:45 Thou,46 (to ;)Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;)
  • What Goliath's need defeating in your life?
  • Are you afraid of anything?
  • How can you run to meet your fears?
  • What is required to get rid of fear?

Make a list of all the lessons you have learned from David.

  • David refused to give in to fear.
  • He refused to let size make a difference.
  • He volunteered when no one else would.
  • He stood up for his nation and his God.
  • He was confident in his ability to succeed with God.
  • David used the tools he had and relied on what he knew (he had tested his sling; he knew he could use it effectively).
  • He "ran" to meet Goliath (I Sam. 17:48). (MFE see Make a Difference)
  • He didn't let negative comments keep him from defeating a foe.
 
Use the newspaper theme listed in KK. Make enough copies for each child to draw his or her own picture of David defeating Goliath.

Assignments:

Younger Children:

Older Children:

  • Read Make a Difference
  • Bring your ideas on how David's example has helped you make a difference at school, church, and home.
  • Read I Samuel 20 and 24

Week of February 23-29
Memorization verse: Ps. 145:8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • Why is this an important promise?
  • What does God teach us about compassion, anger, and love?

Sunday, February 29

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How did David's life teach us about compassion, anger, and love?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

Tell the story of Jonathan and David's friendship (I Samuel 20).

  • Who was David's best friend?
  • How do David and Jonathan get acquainted?
  • What is Jonathan's plan to save David if Saul tries to kill David? (I Samuel 20:12-23)
  • Is Jonathan being disloyal to his father, Saul? Why or why not?
  • Why does King Saul want to kill David?
  • What is jealousy?
  • How do we keep ourselves and others from being jealous?
  • Which commandment does jealousy break?
  • Define "friendship."
    • What qualities are necessary to make a good friend?
    • Describe your best friend?
    • How do you decide to be someone's friend?
    • Are you a good friend?

Read the story about David being a fugitive. I Samuel 21-24:22

  • Why did David flee?
  • Why didn't David try to kill Saul when he had the chance?
  • What is mercy?
  • What kind of character did it take to let Saul live?
  • Why was David a better person than Saul?
  • Why is it important to forgive?
  • What was Saul's problem?
  • Why couldn't he accept David's goodness?

Assignment:

  • Read the rest of I Samuel 25-31
  — GAL
 
   
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