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).
If you were going to go on a long trip, what would you bring?
God’s people, the Israelites, were going on the longest trip they’d ever taken. They were finally going to be free from slavery in EGYPT!
If you want, grab your own “travel buddy” (a sibling or a stuffed animal) as you learn about their journey in our lesson today!
First, Let’s take a minute and settle down and ask God to help us to have fun and hearHim talk to us.
Holy Spirit, we ask you to come and fill us as we spend time studying your word. We pray that you would fill us fresh with your love, joy and peace. We give you all of the busy thoughts in our head and ask you to help us to focus on You. We love you, Jesus.
Wow! That’s an amazing true story!!
Imagine that you were Israel. How might you feel about having God’s cloud lead you? Excited, safe, amazed…HINT: (Act out how you imagine you would feel, or show it with your face!)
How might you feel when you found out the Egyptians are chasing you and there was a big lake in front of you (and no boats!)? Scared, nervous, afraid, trapped … (Show on your face what you might have looked like!)
Get your Bible and look up Exodus 14:13-14. Can you read it out loud? If not, have a parent/guardian read it out loud for you.
What did Moses tell the people to do? Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. Be still.
Who would do the fighting in this battle against the Egyptians?God
God fought the battle for his people, Israel and saved them by opening up the Red Sea. The people walked across on dry ground. What an amazing way to win a battle!
When the people reached the other side, they put their trust in God and sang songs to Him and praised him for the victory.
What does victory mean? To win! God won the battle. Did you know that one of God’s names is Victorious? It means that He is a winner. God always wins every battle.
ReadExodus 15:13 in your Bible. What do you think that means? Can you put it in your own words? *Hint, this is part of the words to a song that the people were singing to God. When they say “you” it means God.
Did the victory over Pharaoh and his army happen the way everyone expected? No.
It’s the same with us. The victories that God wins in the battles in our lives don’t always look like we expect them to. But because God’s love is so faithful and strong, we can trust Him.
For today’s activity you’ll need:
the biggest sheet you can find (or use two)
two rows of chairs set up back to back with a 2-3ft space between the backs
lots of stuffed animals
What you do:
Set up the chairs and put the sheet(s) over the top of them
Have a grownup or teenager pull the sheets down into the middle so there is a wall of sheets on each side to create a walk-through-on-dry-land tunnel.
Secure the sheets by placing heavy books are other non-breakable items on the chairs.
How to play:
Have each person participating take one stuffed animal and walk through the tunnel one at a time.
Continue to walk through the tunnel one at a time, adding one more stuffed animals each time through.
The person that can carry the most stuffed animals through the tunnel at a time (without dropping any!) is the winner