Can you remember a time when you won at something? (A game, a sport, a raffle, a competition?) Tell us about it! What were you thinking when you won? How did you feel? Did you win because you were good at something, or did you win because of chance?
Why were the Israelites afraid to fight Goliath? They might get hurt or lose the battle. (He was a big dude!)
Why wasn’t David afraid? He knew that God was with him.
What did David use to fight Goliath? stones and a slingshot.
Who defeated Goliath for David? God! God won the victory.
What does victorious mean? It means “won” – the winner.
God is victorious in our lives too. It might not always mean that we will get what we want or win every battle that we face. It means that God will always be the winner over everything in the end. There is nothing that God can’t have victory over. He always wins.
Going Deeper: Where have you seen God being victorious in our world? How about in your own life and heart?
EGC Kids Tip: Parents, this is a great opportunity to talk with your children about where you have seen God’s victory in your own life! They probably won’t find themselves in a battlefield opposite a giant – but they will face their own challenges. Your stories help them see beyond a giant and a slingshot to a God who they KNOW to be victorious in the Bible, in your life, and in theirs!
But let us give thanks to God! He gives us the victory because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.
1 Corinthians 15:57
To help you memorize your verse this week:
Make a maze on your driveway, sidewalk, or patio with the words to this verse written along the lines. Follow the maze and say the verse until you know it(Parents: you can write symbols along the maze for non-readers).
Think about your life. How do you see God guiding your steps?
God loves and wants to protect each of us. No matter what you’re going through right now, no matter what struggle, pain or trouble – God wants to show you His power in your life. He still wins battles today. We can trust Him. Sometimes, we don’t see the victories right away, or they don’t look like we expected. We can still trust God. He’s always good and always loves us.
What is an area in your life where you need God’s power?
How has He shown you His power in the past?
As you pray, thank Him for showing His power to you in the past and pray and ask Him to help you today.
I hold on to you tightly. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me.
To memorize your verse this week: Grab a small ball, bean bag or squishy toy. As you read the verse, squeeze it when you get to “tightly” and “powerful.” When you say “good care” hold it out in your hands and smile. Repeat this until you know the verse!
Stand up and say this blessing over each other:
May you know that God is powerful, and may you see His power in your life.
EGC’s Family Department is hosting a drive-through celebration on Monday evening! Let us help your family celebrate the end of the school year with a fun spot to take pictures, prizes to win, and a gift bag for each of your children (ages 0-12th grade). This event is open to the public, so tell your friends & we’ll see you there!
Have you ever jumped over a big puddle or stream? Act out what you did!
This week, we’re going to be talking about a big river that was way too big to cross without God’s help. First, let’s invite the Holy Spirit to come and be with us as we learn.
God, thank you for helping us grow. We pray that you would fill us. We give you ourselves and ask that you would give us soft hearts to receive what You speak to us today.
Today we have two videos to watch! The first one tells about Joshua as the leader of God’s people, the Israelites (Joshua 1). The second one tells the story of crossing the Jordan River (Joshua 3-4)
Remember how God rescued His People from Egypt? After that, God made a covenant with them and gave them laws (the 10 Commandments) as guides to help them to know how to be His People.
Well, God’s People stopped trusting Him and disobeyed. So, God disciplined them and told Moses that he wouldn’t be able to go into the land. They had to wander in the desert for 40 years! But, God took care of them while they were there.
Have you ever missed out on something fun because of discipline? It sure is disappointing.
After Moses, Joshua became the leader of Israel. God promised to be with him, just like he was with Moses. He told him to be strong and courageous.
What does it mean to be strong?
What does it mean to be courageous?
God didn’t just want Joshua to be physically strong, He wanted him to be spiritually strong. God told Joshua to read through the law (the 10 Commandments). He knew that it would strengthen Joshua’s faith. God reminded Joshua that He would be his source of strength and courage. God’s people agreed to let God be their leader and strength.
What are some ways that you can help your faith to grow stronger?Reading and studying the Bible, praying, participating in church, talking about Jesus with friends and family, and worshipping are some ideas!
Then, it was time to cross the river into the Promised Land. What happened? God dried it up so they could cross.Does that remind you of any other part of God’s Story that we talked about recently?When God’s People crossed the Red Sea with Moses.
What did the leaders do after they crossed, before the water went back? They collected big stones to make a memorial of how God helped them.
It can take courage to follow God’s way for our lives and to obey God. It especially takes courage when we are tired or don’t know what will happen next. Joshua didn’t know how things were going to go either.
BUT GOD IS WHO WE GET STRENGTH AND COURAGE FROM!! God is Strength! He gives it to us when we need it.
Collect a few rocks or pebbles from around your house or street. Glue them together with craft glue (or have a parent help you with a glue gun) onto a piece of wood or paper in a shape that will remind you that God is strong. Some good ideas are: a big muscle, the word “strong”, or a pile of stones like God’s People made!
Take a few minutes and sit quietly. Think of some situations in your life where you need God’s strength or courage. Then ask God to fill you with His strength and courage. Sit for a moment longer and let Him fill you up.
Our verse this week is a great one for acting out! We bet you can come up with some actions that will help you to learn the verse. Practice it a few times this week until you really get it!
What’s an image?A picture of something or something that looks the same as that thing. A photo of someone is an image of the that person. (Sometimes we call this a “likeness”)
Last week, we talked about how we are God’s special treasure. This week we are going to take a little more time to talk about that.
Let’s start by praying.
Jesus, we thank you that each one of us is your special treasure. We’re so glad that you love us. Help us today to hear your voice speaking to us in our hearts. We give you all the things that are distracting us from feeling and believing your love today. We welcome you to come and fill us up with more of your love and peace.
Knowing that people are God’s favorite creation is special. How are people different from animals? We are made in God’s image. We have abilities, talents, ability to communicate our feelings. We have a soul and a spirit. God made us like Him. (He didn’t make the animals like Him, just us.)
How does it make you feel to know that you are special to God? Is everyone special to God? Yes! Each one of us was made in God’s image. He made us to look like him, so that other people to be able to see us and think of Him.
You know what’s super interesting about looking like God? We all look different, but we all look like God. Think about that. We all look different. We have different sizes and shapes. Some of us have curly hair, some have straight. We have all different shades of eye color and skin color. Some of us have freckles, moles, birthmarks, beauty spots, bald spots and all sorts of interesting things.
What is something extra interesting about you?
With all of our differences, somehow, we ALL LOOK LIKE GOD! Our different interests, hobbies and talents all look like God too. How can it be that people so different can all look like God?
Think of it this way:
What is something that you like to do? List anything.
Does everyone like to do that thing as much as you?Probably not.
Does everyone have to like it as much as you do? No.
Why not? Because people like different things.
Does what you like show what God is like?Probably!How?If you like to paint, or do crafts, it shows that God is creative. If you like to do sports or work hard, it shows that God is strong. If you like to be with friends, it shows that God likes to be with people. If you like quiet, it shows that God loves the quiet, peaceful times. If you like to organize things, it shows that God plans things out. If you love to run and jump, it shows that God has lots of energy.
How about these things?
If you are kind, you are showing that God is kind.
If you are patient, you are showing that God is patient.
If you are gentle, you are showing that God is gentle.
If you are helpful, you are showing that God is helpful.
If you are get upset when someone else is hurt, it shows that God is just.
What are some other ways you act that show God’s image?
There are SO many different things about God that He shows through people. We can learn what God is like by watching for the good things in each other.
When someone is very different from you, you can look for God’s image in them and you will find it! Each person is special and valuable and shows what God is like.
Do people always do things the way God would?
No! We all sin, which makes it hard to see God’s image. It looks cloudy, like a foggy mirror. We all need Jesus. When we put our trust in Him, He changes us to show His image more and more! (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Want to go deeper?
Get your Bible and look up these verses: John 13:35, Romans 12:4-6a, Romans 12:9-16. They are good examples of how we can love people and show God’s image more clearly.
To our Parents and Guardians: The Bible Project has some fantastic companion resources for our lesson this week for you, or for older children. If you’d like to explore the idea of God’s IMAGE and JUSTICE in more depth this week you can check them out here (image) and here (justice).
Let’s Do: Rock Painting
What you need:
Some rocks (smooth pebbles work best) – maybe go for a walk and look for them as a family if you don’t have any at home.
Paint (tempera/poster paint or acrylic).
What you do:
Decorate your rocks by painting some words that describe God’s image (ex. kind, creative, funny, gentle, loving, peaceful, happy, just, strong).
Put them along a path in your local park or neighborhood or place them where people will see them when they walk by your house.
Take a picture and tag @egckidschurch – we can’t wait to see what you create!
Alternate Activity: (if you don’t have rocks or paint, or need something less messy!)
Use sidewalk chalk to decorate your driveway or sidewalk with words that describe God’s image. Then post a photo and tag us or email it to ECG Kids! We’d love to see it!
Bounce the ball back and forth with a sibling or a parent, saying one word at a time until you’ve learned the whole verse.
If the ball rolls away, start over!
From the EGC Kids team: Today’s lesson is a good reminder for each of us – to see ourselves, and those around us, the way that God sees us: as image bearers of the King of Kings. With that in mind, there are a few things we should pray about today.
Ask God to help you to show His image clearly. If there are things in your life (sins) that you know are making His image look cloudy to other people, ask Him for forgiveness and help.
Ask God to forgive you if we’ve forgotten to look for His image in other people. Ask Him to help you to see Him in other people.
Thank Him for making you in in His image. Tell him the things that you love about being a person and being you. He wants to hear it – after all, he created you and He loves you very much!
Parents/guardians, bless your children with this blessing:
I bless you to always see God’s image in those around you without judgment. I bless you to live a life that is a light in the darkness and a clear reflection of the character of God. May you never lose sight of the goodness of God.