Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Saul, Samuel, God, and God’s People.)
What are the main story beats? (Saul seemed to be a good king, Saul sinned against God, God regretted making Saul king.)
What’s the main point? (God rejected Saul as king because of his sin.)
CONNECT it to the family.
We are all born sinners, and there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves. We can try and do something ourselves like Saul did by making an offering to God when he wasn’t supposed to. We need a savior. We need Jesus. We pray that we can model that as a family.
God, we thank you for your love for us. We thank you for sending the greatest king to die for our sins. We love you Lord. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (God Rejected Saul as King)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God rejected Saul as king because of his sin.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What was the first mistake Saul made?
Why was Saul not supposed to give an offering?
What did Saul keep from the Amalekites?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God knew before the earth was created that we needed a savior to save us from our sins. There is nothing that we can do to save ourselves. God loved us enough to send his only son to die in our place.
RELATE to them.
Sometimes we can think that we can make our sin better, but we can not. We must understand our need for a savior. We must understand that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We need to ultimate king!
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.