August 14: Israel Demanded a King (1 Sam 8-10)

Dear Families,

It can happen to any of us: We look at our circumstances, forecast a coming trial or opportunity, and act accordingly—only to find out that the situation doesn’t play out quite like we expected.

This is precisely what happened in 1 Samuel 8–10. The people of Israel, while assessing their circumstances, discerned that Samuel’s days were numbered. They recognized that his sons, Joel and Abijah, had turned to dishonesty and against the ways of their father. So, they predicted that they would soon have no one to lead them and that something must be done.

The elders of Israel believed they knew what was best and demanded that Samuel appoint a new king who would lead them “the same as all the other nations” (1 Sam 8:5).

We can do the same. With the best of intentions, we can hastily seek what we believe is best without consideration of the Lord’s plans, desires, or wisdom. This may happen in search of a new job, in response to conflict, in making family decisions, or even in determining how to best minister to people in our church or community. 

How do we know that our decisions, desires, and actions align with what God wants? Be encouraged to do three things as you seek the Lord’s wisdom in these moments of decision: Pray, read God’s Word, and seek counsel.

When we pray, we humble ourselves before the Almighty God and submit our desires to Him. When we read God’s Word, we discover His desires, plans, and will in the most clearly revealed way so that we might walk in them. And when we seek counsel, we open ourselves to the community of believers to be shaped, formed, sharpened, and corrected.

Proverbs 3:5-6 remind us, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

Taking the time to pray, read the Bible, and seek the counsel of brothers and sisters in Christ is an act of refusal to rely on our own understanding, instead submitting ourselves to God’s authority and ensuring that we don’t get ahead of Him.

FAMILY TALKING POINTS

CHRIST CONNECTION
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.

  • Babies & Toddlers: God sent His Son, Jesus, to be king over the world.
  • Younger Preschool: God gave the Israelites a king, but He had a plan to send His Son, Jesus, to be king over the whole world. Jesus would be the perfect King.
  • Older Preschool: The Israelites did not trust God. They wanted a king. God gave the Israelites a king, but He had a plan to send His Son, Jesus, to be king over the whole world. Jesus would be the perfect King. Jesus would bring peace and save people from sin.
  • Kids: God intended for a heavenly king to rule over Israel, but the Israelites did not trust God’s plan. They wanted a king like the nations around them. God had a better plan: to eventually send His Son, Jesus, to be the perfect King forever.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.

  • Younger Preschool: Why does sin separate us from God? Because God is holy.
  • Older Preschool: Why does sin separate us from God? Because God is holy.
  • Kids: Why does sin separate us from God? Because God is holy, sin has broken our relationship with God.

KEY PASSAGE
This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.

  • Babies & Toddlers: My eyes have seen the Lord. Isaiah 6:5 
  • Younger Preschool: My eyes have seen the Lord. Isaiah 6:5
  • Older Preschool: I said: Woe is me … because I am a man of unclean lips … and … my eyes have seen the … LORD. Isaiah 6:5
  • Kids: Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Armies. Isaiah 6:5

** Next week: God Made Saul King (1 Samuel 11

New Unit: King Saul

The Discipleship Hour Returns this Sunday, August 14 at 4:00pm for Pre-k (4yrs), Elementary, and Students! We will also resume our studies through the scripture during 9am & 11am Preschool Worship (2yrs-4yrs).

Unit Description:
When God’s people wanted a king to be like the nations around them, God warned them but gave them what they wanted. King Saul seemed to be the ideal king, but he proved not to be the king the people needed. When Saul sinned against God, God judged him and promised to remove him as king.

Preschool Big Picture Question: Why does sin separate us from God? Because God is holy.
Elementary Big Picture Question: Why does sin separate us from God? Because God is holy, sin has broken our relationship with God.

Key Passage: Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies. Isaiah 6:5

SESSION 1 (Aug 14): Israel Demanded a King, 1 Samuel 8–10
SESSION 2 (Aug 21): God Made Saul King, 1 Samuel 11
SESSION 3 (Aug 28): Saul Sinned and Was Rejected, 1 Samuel 13–15
SESSION 4 (Sep 4): God Is Good to Judge Sin, Genesis 18

Summer of “Re-runs”

This summer in Sunday Morning Preschool Worship we are going back and reviewing some of our Bible stories we learned over the past year. You can find all the @Home worship guides for each session below. I encourage you to do one of the activities listed each week together as a family! The Discipleship Hour will begin again on August 14, at which time we will resume our chronological study through the Bible with “new” lessons during 9am & 11am Preschool Worship and 4pm Discipleship Classes.

June 4: Bikes, Trikes & Scooters

This Saturday, June 4, is Bikes, Trikes & Scooters Day from 9:30-11:30am at Imago Dei Church. Bring the whole family along with your child’s favorite non-motorized method of transportation and join other kids 5th grade and younger for a time of cruising around the IDC parking lot. Parking will be available on the right side of the lot and the left side of the parking lot will be blocked off for riding.

Reminders: 

  • Please remain on campus with your child and provide supervision at all times.
  • All children must wear helmets while riding.
  • Bring plenty of water. 

We are looking forward to a fun time of fellowship with all our IDC Kids and their families!

Summer Events

Sunday, May 22 is our final 4:00pm Discipleship Hour. We’ll take a break for the summer months and resume classes again in the fall. In an effort to maintain a sense of community and connection amongst our kids and families, we have a few summer events/camps that we want to make you aware of. 

Bikes, Trikes & Scooters: June 4th (Saturday)

  • Details: Bring your child’s favorite non-motorized method of transportation and join other kids 5th grade and younger along with their families for a time of riding around the IDC parking lot.
  • Time: 9:30a -11:30a
  • Location: IDC Parking Lot
  • Age range: 5th grade and younger
  • Registration not required

Lunch, Learn, and Play: July 14th, 21st, 28th, and Aug. 4th (Thursdays)

Victory Taekwondo Summer Camp July 18th – 22nd (Monday through Friday)

YMCA Summer Camps @ Imago Dei