2 Samuel 6:15-16 [NLT] “So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns. But as the Ark of the LORD entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was filled with contempt for him.”
When you become a spectator, you’re a lot more prone to criticize those who serve God with gusto. David’s dancing probably would’ve looked a lot different if Michal had been in the crowd.
- In church, who would you identify with more – the one doing or the one watching?
- What are some expressions of worship that seem goofy or over-the-top to you? What motives do you think are behind those actions?
- What are some other possible motives for them?
2 Samuel 6:23 [NLT] “So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.”
Michal witnessed a season of unparalleled blessing, as God’s presence came to her home town – yet, she missed out on it by standing back and criticizing. Don’t suffer the same fate! Get engaged, and give people the benefit of the doubt – there are a lot of great ways to express praise and thanks to God.
- What’s your favorite way to express your heart to God? How might that look to someone who was completely unfamiliar with Christianity?
- Sometimes people are in the wrong, and a challenge to change is just what they need. How is that different from Michal’s experience?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes to express your heart to God in whatever way comes to your mind. Go all in! He deserves it.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
“Spy Kids: Do The Right Thing!”
1. Power Verse
1 Peter 1:15 “…be holy in all you do.”
What’s Up: “Even If I’m All Alone In The Fight, I’m Gonna Choose To Do What’s Right!”
This week, we continue our series called, “Spy Kids”. In this series, we’re learning from the story of Daniel and his friends about remaining faithful to God no matter what!
Read the following scenarios and let your children answer the questions:
A kid in your class has somehow managed to get a copy of the answers to a major math test you’re having later in the week and will give a copy to anyone who wants one. Most of your friends took a copy, but you can’t decide whether to take one.
- What are some short-term consequences of taking one? (You’ll pass the test, your friends will accept you, you won’t have to study.)
- What are some possible long-termconsequences? (Your teacher may find outand fail you, you’ll feel guilty, you may not learn what you need to know for future tests.)
Your friends have started calling people names that you’re pretty sure your parents wouldn’t approve of.
- What are short-term consequences if you start using the word, too?(You’ll feel like you’re part of the group, no one will tease you for not using the word, you’ll feel cool.)
- What are some possible long-term consequences? (Your parents will find out and punish you, you’ll hurt someone’s feelings, you may start using other words you shouldn’t.)
It’s normal to feel tempted to do what everyone else is doing even when you know it’s wrong. That’s why it’s important to think about the consequences of our actions before we do them.
4. Prayer Focus
Ask God to give your children strength to fight temptation and to help them see the consequences of their actions.
1 SAMUEL 16:1-13
BE CAREFUL HOW YOU LIVE
LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT GOD’S HAND RESTS UPON YOUR LIFE
What had Saul done to cause the Lord to reject him as the king?
The Lord’s command-1 Samuel 15:2-3
Saul’s action-1 Samuel 15:7-9
Saul’s arrogance-1 Samuel 15:12
Saul’s lie-1 Samuel 15:13
Saul’s deflection of blame-1 Samuel 15:15
In what does the Lord delight? 1 Samuel 15:22
What great blessing did Saul lose because of his disobedience? 1 Samuel 16:14
GOD DOES NOT LOOK ON PEOPLE THE WAY WE DO
People usually judge by the outward appearance but how does God judge? 1 Samuel 16:7
What was Saul’s opinion of himself before being chosen as king? 1 Samuel 9:21
David was the least in his family (the youngest) & wasn’t even called to come to the feast, yet he is the one God called.
God’s pattern for leadership in Matthew 25:21 states… if you are faithful in small things then He will put you in charge of great things.
What great power did God bestow on David to help him? 1 Samuel 16:13
What does the Spirit in us provide for us? 2 Timothy 1:7