Bible Study for Kids-Check Your Heart, 1 Samuel 16:1-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kathy Hutto

Check Your Heart – a Bible Study for Kids

SHOW a cup that is clean on the inside, but dirty on the outside.  – Tell about leaving it on your desk at work over the weekend and what you found inside on Monday!  Yuck!  (Note-a travel cup with lid would work well for the big reveal of the inside.)

SAY, Did you know people are like that?

READ Matthew 23:25-26, Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. (ESV)

TELL the story – I was riding along with my kids and their friends.  We passed a house with household items set outside.  One of the girls in back said, Look at all that junk!  To her it did look like junk and she didn’t realize it was actually a Yard Sale.  But, it made me think…It’s mid-week and these people are having a Yard Sale, so they must really need money right now.  I need to pray for them.  The truth is, sometimes I don’t always initially have a heart of compassion – all I see is junk.

READ Matthew 15:18, But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. (ESV)

Here’s a catch phrase to help us remember – Check your heart! (repeat)

Have everyone stand and run in place for one minute.  At the end of the minute, have the kids count their heart beats for one minute.  They should count about 120 beats.  (Let a few kids tell how many beats they counted.)

SAY, we just checked our physical hearts and today we will learn how to check our spiritual hearts.

Let’s read from the Bible about David.  Saul was King over the Israelites – God’s chosen people.  He was a good King.  (thumbs up)  Later, he began to disobey God (thumbs down).  God said He had chosen a new king.

READ 1 Samuel 13:14, But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you. (ESV)

ASK, Was God looking for the strongest person to be king? (no) the most popular? (no) the tallest? (no) the best dressed? (no)

What was God looking for in a king? (a man after His own heart)

SAY, God told Samuel – a prophet, who was someone God would speak to and then he would tell the people what God said – that He would choose a new king from Jesse’s sons.

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13, The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by.  And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. (ESV)

SAY, God told Samuel he would choose one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king.  One by one, the sons came before Samuel.  Each time, God said, No-that’s not the one.  Finally, after all 7 brothers (count to 7) had been brought, Samuel asked if there were any more.  Jesse told him there was just one more-the youngest-out keeping the sheep.  When he came before Samuel, God confirmed he was the one! His name was David.

Even to David’s own dad, he didn’t seem like the logical choice.  But, God looks at the heart-and David had a heart like God’s!

It isn’t about following a bunch of rules, but in letting Him be the Ruler.

Sure you won’t go out and murder someone.  But, the Bible says if you hate in your heart, it’s the same thing!  Because the feelings are there with/without the actions.  READ 1 John 3:15, Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (ESV)

READ this quote, “Jesus did not come into the world simply because we have some bad habits that need to be broken.  He came into the world because we have such dirty hearts that need to be purified.”

So how do you, Check your heart?  (repeat)

We strive to have a heart like God’s (a boy/girl after God’s own heart).  Let our thoughts and actions stem from a desire to think the way God would think and do what God would do.  How do we know what God would think/do?  He tells us in the Bible.  Read your Bible often and you will begin to know more about God and His character.  Ask God to give you a heart like His.

WRITE a check on each child’s hand as they exit – assure them it’s a washable marker.  Let it serve as a reminder to check your heart.

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Ten Commandments Poster free printable – kid friendly language

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Sunday School Craft – Woman at the Well bucket

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Woman at the Well bucket Craft 

Supplies:

pipe cleaner (cut into small pieces)

medicine cup (1 per child)

popsicle stick

Jute (or yarn)

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Directions:

Punch holes – on opposite sides of the medicine cup using hole puncher.  (Btw, your local nursing home will donate these to you.  Wash them well and they make perfect little buckets.)

Add the pipe cleaner – like a handle

Tie the string – to the pipe cleaner handle and the popsicle stick (I put a dot of hot glue under the string on the stick)

woman at the well bucket in waterBe sure to visit my Youtube channel to see me demonstrating how to teach the lesson of the “Woman at the Well” or “Jesus and the Samaritan Woman” using the Bible.

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How to Teach a Sunday School Lesson Using the Bible

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I just created a video showing how to use the Bible to teach a Sunday School lesson.

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Using the Bible when you teach Sunday School is important for three reasons:

1 – The Bible is exciting. I want children to see that the stories like Jonah, Noah, and Daniel are true stories. This will spark an excitement for God’s Word and hopefully will make children want to read it for themselves.
2 – The Bible is true. The stories are not make-believe from story books.
3 – The Bible is sufficient for daily living. As we pull out truths from Scripture, children will begin to see the necessity of reading their Bibles.

The Bible is a major tool God uses to speak to His people. We must do what we can to point children to read their Bibles and pray daily.

Striving to point people of ALL ages to spend time daily In His Presence.

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FREE Father’s Day Card printable for Sunday School

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If you need a Father’s Day card for Sunday School tomorrow, here’s a quick one that I think is very meaningful.

Print the card on a creme colored paper, if you can.

Download the FREE card here: Father’s Day Card acronym

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The inside contains an adaptation of a sermon about Father’s by John MacArthur.  Simply, print on white paper, cut it out and glue it to the inside.

Download the inside here: Father’s Day Card acronym inside

On the other half of the inside, have the child draw a picture.

Print this prayer father’s can pray for their children on light blue paper to hand out.

Download the Prayer for your Children here: Prayer for Your Children

 

Mother’s Day Sunday School Lesson

Here’s a FREE Mother’s Day Sunday School lesson for you to use this Sunday, if you need it. It includes Memory verse, Bible story, Games, Role Play activity, and Craft idea.

Mother’s Day lesson

Preschool Sunday School Lesson

Mother’s Day – Mary (Jesus’ Mother)

Luke 1:46, John 19:25-27, Acts 1:14

Memory Verse:  …The Lord bless you and keep you… Number 16:24

Bible Story:

Today is Mother’s Day.  Our lesson today is about a very special mother.

Show the story picture.

Tell the children to point to the baby in the picture. Tell them His name is Jesus, and invite them to say “Jesus.”

Tell the children to point to the mommy in the picture.  This is Jesus’ mother.  Her name was Mary.

Have the children pretend to cradle a baby in their arms.

The Bible teaches us some things about Mary:

  • Mary praised God – When Mary found out that God had chosen her to be the mother of His one and only Son, she was so happy! She sang a song of praise! Read Luke 1:46, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
  • Mary loved Jesus and Jesus loved her – Mary was there at the cross when Jesus was crucified. She loved Jesus and He loved her.  Read John 19:25-27, “but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother…When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”
  • Mary prayed – After Jesus died on the cross and rose, Mary continued to pray. Acts 1:14, “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”

Games:

Play “Mother Says” instead of “Simon Says.”

Role Play:  Practice Being a Good Mother – Bring in baby dolls, clothes, towels, wash cloths, soap, diapers, etc. Show the children how to take care of a baby.

Craft: Mother’s Day Card-paint tulips using plastic forks on a card that reads, “Thanks for helping me grow!”

Nehemiah’s Wall craft & game

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Nehemiah’s Wall

I needed a quick craft for Sunday School last week and came up with this one on the spot.

Directions:  I used construction paper and cut slits in two sides and taped up like a box.  The kids added stickers to the inside, but with a little more planning, you could enhance it by drawing stone blocks on the wall, adding stand-up people inside, etc.

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Defend the Wall

We also played this game.  It was suggested in our lesson (We use Lifeway’s Gospel Project).

Directions:  Stack the cups and have several students stand in front to “defend the wall from enemies.”  The rest of the class stands in line behind a piece of tape.  They take turns throwing a soft type ball and trying to knock down the wall.  Those defending the wall should bat with their hands or kick the ball away before it wrecks the wall.

Homemade Resurrection Eggs printable and free Easter lesson

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Two years ago, I posted a Resurrection Eggs printable FREEBIE and an Easter lesson.

Click here to read that post.

Click below for this free download, which includes an Easter holiday excerpt from A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum.

Download Homemade Resurrection Eggs printables and lesson here:

Homemade Resurrection Eggs

 

Free Mother’s Day Lesson

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I needed to create a special lesson for our AWANA Puggles Wednesday night since Mother’s Day is Sunday and we were making a special craft.

I thought you might need a quick lesson too.  It would work for preschool Sunday School this Sunday on Mother’s Day.

Lesson – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Card – plastic fork tulips 2 per page (use a fork to make tulips; draw on the stems with a green marker)

I got some inspiration for this lesson from:

Mother’s Day Sunday School Lesson

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Showered with Favors: Baby Herbs

FREE Father’s Day Sunday School Lesson

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A few years back, I posted a FREE Father’s Day Lesson for Sunday School.  I’ve updated it just a bit and wanted to post it again today in case you are looking for something for SS this week on Father’s Day.

This lesson points to the characteristics of our Heavenly Father.

Click here to see the post and for all the FREE printables!