Bible Stories for Kids

posted November 15th, 2017 by Brian Neese

Bible Stories for Kids

 

Discussing Bible stories with kids helps them learn about the nature of God. By learning Scripture and seeing how God is powerful, sovereign and loving, children will be able to develop a life perspective rooted in truth. They can gain an eternal relationship with He who is “the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6 NKJV)

 

Here are two examples of Bible stories that kids can learn from, along with ideas for discussion.

 

David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

Background

David’s story with Goliath begins after David is anointed king of Israel and Judah. The prophet Samuel brought the message that God had rejected Saul as king and had chosen David instead. As David was very young and short, he was the least obvious choice among Jesse’s sons who were being considered.

 

What the Lord said to Samuel

 

This theme is important for David’s story. God uses small and ordinary people throughout Scripture (and in our lives today) to do great things and serve His purpose. For instance, Moses didn’t think he could lead the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to the Promised Land. Mary was a young teenage girl in Nazareth. Paul and the other disciples weren’t what you might expect in Jesus’s apostles.

What Happened

The first test after David’s anointment as king was a battle with the Philistines, who gathered on a mountain opposing the men of Israel. Goliath appeared from the Philistine camp, challenging the Israelites to send out a champion from their camp and decide the battle in a single fight with him. Goliath was anywhere from 6 to 10 feet tall, carried a giant-sized spear and had bronze armor that alone weighed 125 pounds. The Israelites were terrified, but David was not.

 

David asked who the Philistine was “that he should defy the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17:26) However, the men of Israel didn’t appreciate David’s courage in such a trying moment. When they asked David why he was in the camp, David stepped up to the challenge.

 

Then David said to Saul

 

David resisted Saul’s comments and appealed to his hunting experience and, more importantly, how God was with him. “Moreover David said, ‘The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’” (1 Samuel 17:37)

 

David headed into battle. He was so small that he was unable to wear the armor, helmet and coat of mail Saul provided to him. So he entered without them, taking his sling and five stones. Severely mismatched in size, strength and weaponry, David slung a stone and hit Goliath on the forehead, defeating the Philistine. David won the battle because he had God on his side.

 

God of the armies of Israel

Lessons and Questions

David’s battle with Goliath shows how God can work in people who are overlooked or rejected by others. In the search for a new king, David was last. Also, Saul disregarded David’s offer to fight Goliath because he was so young, short and weak. However, David knew that God was on his side and that was all that mattered.

 

Courage is another major lesson to learn from this story. Even if things don’t look like they will work out, seeking God’s will is important. The will of God is what will happen, not whatever most people might expect. David understood that he was the one who had to defeat Goliath and start leading his new kingdom. God saw his inner strength and courage, as well as his faithfulness.

 

Discussion Questions

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Jesus Feeding the 5,000 (John 6)

The Event

Jesus feeding the 5,000 is one of two miracles with accounts in all four Gospels, along with the resurrection. Initially, the disciples wanted to turn the crowd away from them because it was late and they were in a remote place. The people would need time to go to nearby villages, buy food and find lodging or they would go hungry. And of course, there were a lot of people. Matthew pointed out that the 5,000 figure excluded women and children. (Matthew 14:21)

 

Instead, Jesus chose to feed the people. His disciples were amazed at Jesus’ suggestion, because they didn’t have enough money to purchase more food than they had at the time — “five barley loaves and two small fish” (John 6:9) — and that wasn’t close to being enough food for the people. However, Jesus made sure that there was more than enough food for everyone.

 

And Jesus took the loaves

Lessons and Questions

What Jesus did shows how He can do things that people never imagine. He is God and He can turn a little bit of food into a meal for thousands of people; He can also walk on water, raise people from the dead, heal the blind and so much more.

 

The disciples doubted that they could feed the people. However, Jesus showed them that they had enough, because He was there to provide for their needs. Not only did Jesus show that He was God in that moment by multiplying the food, but He worked through His disciples. Jesus did not simply increase the food; He gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. This helped the disciples learn reliance on Jesus.

 

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Pursuing a Calling in Ministry

Applying Scripture to other people’s lives is a skill that all Christians should have. This is certainly true for ministry leaders who work with children to teach them about faith in God. Southeastern University’s online ministry degrees prepare students for various roles in churches and other faith-based organizations. Graduates can pursue positions in areas such as teaching, worship, administration and youth and family ministry. Each program takes place in a flexible and convenient format to accommodate students’ personal and work schedules.


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