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This section helps Sunday school teachers find new ways of teaching familiar materials. Our goal is to augment lessons you may already have in your Sunday school curriculum.

The theme for this year has been to look at how different people in the Bible put God first in their lives. We will continue this study for the next several months. Living in obedience to the first commandment is so important in our on-going relationship with God.

This month we'll look at how David put God first. His steadfast trust in God helped him as a shepherd, as a giant-slayer, and as a survivor of Saul's hit men. National Bible Week, Thanksgiving, and our 8th anniversary offer additional reasons for Bible study this month.


NEW Podcasts - Rabbi David Louis Tells the Story of David
Our guest Sally Johnston and her daughter Jacqueline Johnston traveled to Israel to interview Rabbi David Louis, a former guest on BibleWise. The Rabbi is a wonderful storyteller. He offered to share stories from the Old Testament with BibleWise. Rabbi David tells the story of David from the books of Samuel. He gives a rich researched background about David as well as an in-depth Jewish perspective on Old Testament history.

The story of David launches our first series of podcasts. We'll be carrying many others in the future, all representing different ways of studying familiar scripture and Bible stories.

We welcome your suggestions for additional topics.

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Teachers and Parents
It is so important to encourage our little ones as well as ourselves to memorize Bible verses and stories – to become so familiar with the passage or story that its timeless relevance appears to us more and more clearly with every retelling. A major difference was evident between Sunday school pupils required to tell the story versus those who gave nodding recognition to the same story. We
cannot overlook the significance of memorizing a verse or story.

Consider sharing with your Sunday school pupils and parents ways to help little ones learn the verse and understand the impact of the message on their lives.

  1. Write out or type this week’s Bible verse on a card and place it on a mirror the child uses each day.
  2. Place the verse for the week in his/her lunch box.
  3. Ask the child to recite the verse before or after grace at the dinner meal.
  4. Practice as a family at dinner, going around the table with each one saying a word until the verse is complete.
  5. Put the verse to music. Create your own tune for each Bible verse. Create pictures to help remember the verse.
  6. Write it in a Bible verse notebook as many times as you can.

Bible Verses
Work with your child and your students to learn each verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to 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.

We provide memorization verses for each week. You can add your own.

These verses are great for preparing for Thanksgiving.

November 1 (GW)
Phil 4:6
Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.

  • Why shouldn't we worry about anything?
  • How often do you pray and thank God?

November 8 (NLT)
2 Cor 9:11
Yes, you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God.

  • How have you helped others?
  • In what ways has God given generously to you?

November 15 (The Message)
2 Tim 3:16
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another--showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way.

  • How has studying the Bible improved your life?
  • What is your favorite passage and what has it taught you?

November 22 (NCV)
Ps. 26:7
I raise my voice in praise and tell of all the miracles you have done.

  • What miracles have you experienced?
  • How do you praise God?
  • How often do you tell others about what God has done for you?

November 29
Rev. 7:12 (NKJV)
Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

  • How often do we choose to serve God?
  • Is it difficult to make that decision?
  • How do you serve God?

Translations used:
GW God's Word Translation
TM The Message
NCV New Century Version
NKJV New King James Version
NLT New Living Translation


Bible Stories
The Bible Stories show how David and Solomon trust God.

Samuel Anoints David
Read 1 Samuel 16 :1-13; A Good Heart; The Anointing of David; Samuel Anoints David

David Plays for Saul
Read 1 Samuel 16: 14-23 David Plays the Harp for Saul; David Plays for King Saul

David and Goliath
Read 1 Samuel 17: 1-54 David & Goliath; David and Goliath; David Kills Goliath

Read 1 Samuel 20 Best Friends; David and Jonathan

David in Exile
Read 1 Samuel 21-24: 22 In Hiding

David the Psalmist
Read Psalms 18, 23, and 148 King David; The Shepherd's Psalm

David and Bathsheba
Read 2 Samuel 11: 1-25 and Psalm 51 The Prophet's Story of the Little Lamb




Bible Overview looks at The Infancy Gospel of James.

BibleWise Guest this month is Sally Johnston, Volunteer in Africa – Love Knows No Borders.

Hot Topic - Do you hear a lot of complaints? Or do you feel down and out? Read: "Praise Lifts!" and feel joy again.

Parenting with the Bible reminds us of The Importance of Expressing Gratitude.

In addition to the activities listed below, you might want to look at the Character and Theme Index and examine information about King David. We are working on putting God first. David is a clear example of someone who makes God his first priority. Work with your pupils to understand the power of gratitude. With National Bible Week this month, it is also a fun time to review the Bible.

Exercise: National Bible Week is from November 21-28. This is a good month to work with students on their Bible knowledge. Work with Shep and Lily on How I Use My Bible.


Exercise: Plan activities for the family to recognize National Bible Week. Here are several ideas:

Agree to read the Bible as a family for 15 minutes after dinner every day.
Over dinner or before bed, share any Bible verse that has helped you.
Assign a different task related to the Bible for each day of the week. Create a program that will work for your family. For instance:

Sunday - quote your favorite verse and discuss it.
Monday - have each member tell his or her favorite Bible story.
Tuesday - play twenty questions about a character in the Bible.
Wednesday - divide up the responsibility for writing a prayer for each meal on Thanksgiving. Make certain it includes a Bible verse. Ex. The Bible says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Thank you God for everyone sitting at this table. Thank you for ….
Thursday - invite each person to share his or her prayer prepared for all of the meals.
Friday - write out your favorite Bible verse and give it to a family member.
Saturday - list all the things you learned about the Bible this week to share in Sunday school.
Sunday - share your list with your Sunday school class.


Exercise: National Bible Week November 21-28
Have your pupils make posters to place around the church to remind everyone of this important week.

The poster might include questions about the Bible, like:

  • What's your favorite book of the Bible?
  • What has the Bible taught you?
  • How have you shared the Scriptures with other people?

Or post some riddles about the Bible around the church and hang the answers on the Sunday school bulletin board:

  • Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
    A: Noah; he was floating his stock while everyone was in liquidation.
  • Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
    A: Pharaoh's daughter; she went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
  • Is there anything about baseball in the Bible?
    A: Yes it starts In the Big Inning, Eve stole first, Adam stole second, Cain struck out Abel, and the Prodigal Son came home. The Giants and the Angels were rained out.
  • Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
    A: The area around the Jordan, the banks were always overflowing.

Or list and post questions about Bible characters and stories, like:

  • Who was the first new testament prophet? (John the Baptist)
  • Who brought down the walls of Jericho? (God, Joshua and the Children of Israel by obeying Go)
  • Who are the women in Jesus' genealogy? (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary)
  • How old was Jesus when the Wise men arrived? (About two years old)

Exercise: Ask each pupil to fill in the blanks, and post their responses on a church bulletin board for members to enjoy:

  • What I love about the Bible is ______________________.
  • Whenever I have a problem, I turn to _______in the Bible.
  • My favorite passage, story, character in the Bible is __________ because __________________________________________.

Exercise: Teachers, share why you love the Bible with your students. Ask them to look for articles in newspapers and magazines or search for ideas in television programs and movies that mention God, the Bible, or the importance of gratitude this next week. Have them bring the results to class next Sunday.


Exercise: This can be an individual or group exercise. Have a contest and see who can recite the most Bible verses. As a prize, you can make a nice Bible bookmark or buy some at a local religious bookstore.


Exercise: Create a Bible Jeopardy game for Sunday school pupils and church members. Take questions off the Bible quizzes, for children and adults, on BibleWise or use the many questions on Tic Tac Toe for young and older children.


Exercise: Gratitude Lists
In preparation for Thanksgiving, ask each student to make a gratitude list. Or print off the following page for each student:


Exercise: Thank You Notes to God
Write a thank you note to God. Be very specific about why you are grateful. What has God done for you and your family this past year? Teachers, you might want to post the notes for church members and parents to see.




Exercise: Write Thank You Notes To:

  • Family members (aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, cousins, parents)
  • Tuck the thank you notes to parents under their pillows, or tape on the mirror in their bathroom, or set in the refrigerator, or slide into work spaces, obviously a place they will find them and have a quiet moment to read your special message.
  • Make sure your note says more than just “Thank you,” but includes examples of gratitude. Maybe you’re grateful for clean laundry, great meals, all the driving to and from school, music lessons, athletic practices and games, quiet times together, etc. Think of one special moment this past year that meant something particularly special to you. Maybe it was the hike you took with Dad or the cooking lesson with Mom, or learning how to wakeboard. You know what wonderful things you’ve done with your family. Just let them know you haven’t forgotten and that you are grateful. Don’t forget grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles.
  • People at church (SS teacher, fellow classmates, minister, priest, youth pastor, choir director, clerk, etc.)
  • If you start early enough, it is a nice gesture to write a thank you note to your city’s mayor, state’s governor, your country’s president or prime minister, or men and women serving your country in the military.

Look for all kinds of opportunities to express gratitude.


Exercise: Psalms 117
This is the shortest psalm in the Bible. Write two things that you praise God for.

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Exercise: Which Person Expressed Gratitude for These Blessings?

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Exercise: Psalms 148
Fill in the blanks and then find the pictures of the words.

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Exercise: Using I Give Thanks For…or the exercise questions below, help your pupils write their own Psalms to read at Thanksgiving dinner or anytime during Thanksgiving Day.

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Exercise: Get out your crayons and color David plays for King Saul, Make a Joyful Noise, and Thanksgiving

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Exercise: Samuel Anoints David

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Exercise: The Shepherd Boy of Bethlehem

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Exercise: David Defeats Goliath

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Exercise: Jonathan and David

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Exercise: Jonathan's Secret Code

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Exercise: God Helps David

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Exercise: Which Route for David?

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Exercise: The Psalms – Songs to the Lord

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Exercise: Rearrange the Letters

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Exercise: Bathsheba

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  The Bible Stories are about the lessons David learned through his reliance on his relationship with God.

Samuel Anoints David
Read 1 Samuel 16: 1-13; A Good Heart; The Anointing of David; Samuel Anoints David

  • 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)

David Plays for Saul
Read 1 Samuel 16: 14-23 David Plays the Harp for Saul; David Plays for King Saul

  • What was wrong with Saul?
  • Why did Saul’s servants want someone to play music for Saul?
  • What instrument did David play?
  • How did Saul react to David’s music?
  • What position did Saul give David?
  • What effect does music have on your life?

David and Goliath
Read 1 Samuel 17: 1-54 David & Goliath; David and Goliath; David Kills Goliath

  • 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? (he had killed a lion and a bear)
  • Bible slingshots aren't like the ones we are familiar with today. A shepherd's slingshot like David used 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 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 Goliaths 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?

Read 1 Samuel 20 Best Friends; David and Jonathan

  • 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?

David in Exile
Read 1 Samuel 21-24:22 In Hiding

  • Why did David flee? (Saul wanted to kill him)
  • Why didn't David try to kill Saul when he had the chance? (Saul was king and he didn't want to destroy God's appointed)
  • What is mercy?
  • What kind of character did it take to let Saul live?
  • Why is it important to forgive?
  • What was Saul's problem?
  • Why couldn't he accept David's goodness? (Jealousy)

David the Psalmist
Read Ps. 18, 23, and 148 King David; The Shepherd's Psalm

  • Have the students read these Psalms.
  • What is a Psalm?
    • A Psalm is a prayer to God, telling Him about what's happening in your life.
  • Look at the following Psalms and indicate what was happening to David at the time he wrote them.
    • Ps. 18
    • Ps. 23
    • Ps. 148
  • What do we learn about David's relationship with God from his Psalms?

David and Bathsheba
Read 2 Samuel 11:1-25; II Sam 12:1-14 and Ps. 51 The Prophet's Story of the Little Lamb

  • What did David do wrong?
  • Do you think Bathsheba was innocent?
  • David was King so he could have any woman he wanted; what was so wrong about selecting Bathsheba?
  • How many wives did David have?
  • Why did David order Uriah home?
  • Who was Uriah?
  • Why wouldn't Uriah stay with his wife?
  • What did David do to Uriah?
  • Which commandments did David break?
  • What happened after Uriah died?
  • What happened to the first-born child of David and Bathsheba?
  • How do you feel when people point out flaws in your behavior?
  • How did David react to the rich man taking the poor man's lamb?
  • What lesson do you learn from this story?
  • How do we keep ourselves from making bad choices?
  • How does Psalm 51 fit with David's experience?
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