Your Grace Kids resources for the week of June 29
Practice Psalm 19:1-4a
Reflect on majesty and glory of God as you read this devotional written by Grace’s own Kevin Hartnett.
Watch this video – God’s Story: Samson
Read Judges 13 – 16.
Review the Cycle of Judges
Samson was a pretty good example of what God’s people were like. They repeatedly sinned against God, never seeming to understand that disobeying God caused their lives to crash and burn. Even though Samson was foolish and disobedient, God still used him to save the Israelites.
Where did Samson’s strength come from? Help your child(ren) recognize that Samson’s long hair didn’t actually give him strength; it was a picture of his devotion to God. God was the ultimate source of Samson’s strength. God chose Samson before he was born to deliver the Israelites from their enemies. (Option: read Heb. 11:32-34.)
How can weakness be a good thing? Lead your child(ren) to recognize that weakness requires us to rely on God. God’s power is displayed when He uses us in our weakness to accomplish His purposes. (Option: read 2 Cor. 12:9-10.)
Samson looked like a great deliverer, but was he? What about Jesus? Lead your child(ren) to discuss how Samson was strong, but he failed to obey God. Still, God can use sinful people to carry out His plan. Jesus, on the other hand, was an unexpected deliverer. He came to the world as a baby in humble circumstances. He entered Jerusalem on a donkey rather than a war horse, and defeated sin and death not through a physical battle but by laying down His life. (Option: read Phil. 2:5-8.)
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25 ESV)
LESSON 5: CALLED TO WITNESS (continued)
Read Acts 5:17–41 again.
Discuss how your family can “Experience It.” Have fun writing a family creed, declaring who you are, what you live for, and what your life is about.
Finish up with the “Map It” section.
As we enter into the 4th of July weekend, take time to reflect on God’s sovereignty over nations and how He works to build His Kingdom. Freedom and valuing the rights of all people is based on our Creator God who made each of us in His image, offers salvation to all people, and promises that people from every nation and tribe will worship Him in heaven.
Read Psalm 33:10-22 and pray for our nation and the Church.