June 2

Hannah and Samuel

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 1-3

Story Point: God spoke to Hannah’s son Samuel

Key passage: Jeremiah 10:6

Big Picture Question: Is there anything greater than God? No, God is greater than everything.

Samuel told people what God is like and what He would do. Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a human. He told people about God’s plan showed and showed the world what God is like.

June 9

The Ark Was Captured

Bible Passage; 1 Samuel 4-6

Story Point: God showed the Philistines that He is the one true God.

Key Passage: Jeremiah 10:6

Big Picture Question: Is anything greater than God? No, God is greater than everything.

The ark of God reminded the Israelites that God was with them. Many years later God gave His people something even better to remind them that He was with them. God sent His Son, Jesus. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel, which means “God with us”.

June 16

Israel’s First King

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 8-15

Story Point: God’s People wanted a king

Key Passage; Jeremiah 10:6

Big Picture Question: Is anything greater than God? No, God is greater than everything

God planned for a heavenly king to rule over His people, but the Israelites wanted an earthly king like the people around them. God made Saul king, but King Saul did not obey God. God sent His Son, Jesus to be king over everything. King Jesus obeyed God perfectly and died so we can be forgiven.

June 23

David Was Anointed

Bible Passage; 1 Samuel 16-17

Story Point: God chose David to be king

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

David did not look like a king or someone who could be a giant. But David trusted God, and God helped David win the battle for his people. Jesus did not look like someone who could save people either. But when Jesus died and came back to life, He shoed His power over sin and death and won our victory.

June 30

David Showed Mercy

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 24

Story Point: David showed mercy to Saul

Key Passage: Psalms 145: 13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything

David showed mercy to Saul, his enemy, because David trusted God’s plan. Jesus trusted His Father’s plan too. He died on the cross so His enemies could have God’s mercy and live forever as part of God’s family.

July 7

God’s Covenant With David

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 6-7

Story Point: God promised that every king of Israel would come from David’s family

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question:

How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything

God promised David that every king of Israel would come from David’s family. Go kept His promise. God sent His Son, Jesus as part of David’s family. Jesus is our King. Jesus is alive, and He will be King over God’s people forever.

July 14

David’s Kindness

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 9

Story Point: David showed kindness to Jonathan’s son

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

King David showed surprising kindness to Mephibosheth even though he didn’t have to. In a greater way, God shows surprising kindness to us. Because of Jesus, He invites us into His family and gives us life with Him forever.

July 21

David Sinned and Was Restored

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11-12; Psalm 51

Story Point: God forgave David

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

God hates sin because it dishonors Him and hurts us and other people. When we sin, God forgives us because Jesus took the punishment for our sins when he died on the cross. Jesus changes our heart so that we no longer want to sin.

July 28

David’s Psalm

Bible Passage: Psalm 23

Story Point: David wrote a song to praise God.

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He gave up His life to save us from sin. Because of Jesus, we have hope that one day we will live with God forever.

August 4

Solomon Asked for Wisdom

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 2-3

Story Point: God gave Solomon wisdom

Key Passage: James 1:5a

Big Picture Question: What does God know? God knows everything.

Solomon was a wise king who wanted to follow God’s plan, but Solomon was not perfect. God had a plan to send a greater and wiser king—Jesus. Jesus trusted God and followed God’s plan by dying on the cross for our sin.

August 11

Wisdom for God’s People

Bible Passage: Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Solomon

Story Point: Wisdom is loving God and obeying His Word

Key Passage: James 1:5a

Big Picture Question: What does God know? God knows everything

God gives us wisdom in the Bible. Wisdom helps us be like Jesus— in how we live, how we talk, and how we think. But wisdom cannot save us. Only Jesus, who perfectly followed God’s wise plan, can rescue us from sin.

August 18

Solomon Built the Temple

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 6—8

Story Point: God’s people built Him a temple

Key Passage; James 1:5a

Big Picture Question:What does God know? God knows everything

The temple was a place where God was with His people. The people could go there to make sacrifices and worship God. Today, when we trust in Jesus, he forgives us and is always with us, ready to guide and help us.

August 25

The Kingdom Divided

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 11-12

Story Point: God divided Israel into two kingdoms

Key Passage; James 1:5a

Big Picture Question: What does God know? God knows everything

No king led God’s people perfectly. Solomon sinned, and Israel was divided between two kings. God’s people needed a perfect king. God would send His own Son, Jesus, to be King. Jesus is better than Solomon. Jesus is a perfect King who brings God’s people together.

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