Last month, I made the decision to step down from the teaching rotation of my 4s and 5s class. But, I still am blessed to be able to go downstairs every so often and give a quick 5 to 10 minute message to the older kids (Gr. 1-8).
The kids were learning about David and Goliath today, so I was asked to speak with them about our real-life Goliaths. I ended up talking about "5 Stones Which Will Defeat Life's Goliaths" from Sermons 4 Kids. For every stone David had, I gave them a promise or discipline to use, along with a corresponding scripture verse from the story of David and Goliath.
So here are the "5 Stones Which Will Defeat Life's Goliaths":
COURAGE-"David said to Saul, "Don't let anyone lose hope because of that Philistine. I'll go out and fight him." (1 Samuel 17:32)
CONFIDENCE-"The Lord saved me from the paw of the lion. He saved me from the paw of the bear. And he'll save me from the powerful hand of this Philistine too." Saul said to David, "Go. And may the Lord be with you." (1 Samuel 17:37)
PREPARATION-"Then David picked up his wooden staff. He went down to a stream and chose five smooth stones. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd's bag. Then he took his sling in his hand and approached Goliath." (1 Samuel 17:40)
TRUST-"David said to Goliath, "You are coming to fight against me with a sword, a spear and a javelin. But I'm coming against you in the name of the Lord who rules over all. He is the God of the armies of Israel. He's the one you have dared to fight against." (1 Samuel 17:45)
VICTORY-"So David won the fight against Goliath with a sling and a stone. He struck the Philistine down and killed him. He did it without even using a sword." (1 Samuel 17:50)
It was a very timely message for me to be teaching to the kids today. It basically brought all the steps I'd went through this week and summed them up. I was able to candidly tell them that even adults have Goliaths (fear, insecurity, loneliness, etc.), but that with God, we can overcome all things, because nothing is too big for Him.