The Gospel Project
Unit 9, Session 6: Eli and Boy Samuel
This week we wrapped up our study of the Old Testament judges by studying Samuel. Samuel was called by God as a boy to tell Eli and the people of Israel about God’s plan.
Samuel used God’s words to tell the people what God is like. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word. Jesus showed the world what God is like, and He told people to turn away from their sin. Jesus ultimately freed people from the power of sin by dying on the cross and rising again.
Help your kids connect Samuel using God’s words to tell others about what God is like and Jesus, the Word of God, showing the world perfectly what God is like because He is God. Samuel told others about what God was like, Jesus shows us what God is like!
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God’s plan is perfect.
○ God heard Hannah’s prayer for a son.
○ God used Samuel to tell His words to the people.
○ Like Samuel, Jesus told people God’s words.
○ Whom does God use in His plan? God uses people in His plan.
○ God spoke to Samuel.
○ How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
○ God called Samuel to share God’s plan.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Isaiah 33:22
● “Israel Demanded a King” (1 Samuel 8–10)
FLYTE: Preteen Curriculum: Am I Alone?
Certainly Moses felt alone at times. Sure Aaron was beside him and the Hebrew elders were behind him, but at the end of the day, Moses was the one man out in front facing Pharaoh. One fugitive shepherd standing toe-to-toe with perhaps the most powerful man in the world. Can you imagine the weight on his shoulders?
Following God is not easy. At times, being a Christian requires boldly taking a stand against what is popular, even if that means standing alone. It was true of Moses in Egypt. It was true of Jeremiah in Judah. It was true of Daniel in Babylon. It was true of Peter at Pentecost. It was true of Paul in too many cities to count. It is true of preteens today.
This aspect of following Christ may be quite troubling for preteens. No one wants to be unpopular and certainly not alone.
Yesterday’s Bible study focused on the beginning of Moses’ appeal to Pharaoh to liberate Israel. Although Moses had to take a stand, he was never alone. God was always with him. From this account preteens can have confidence that no matter what God calls them to do, they will not be alone. God will always be right there no matter what.
Pray. Pray that each preteen experiences the presence of God in his or her life this week to such a degree that there is no doubt he or she is never alone.
Preteens will discover that God is ever-present, loving them consistently, nurturing their confidence, and encouraging their dependence on Him.