Servant-Working: God is calling you to help restore His kingdom.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
This episode is based on the five stones that God gave to David to fight Goliath. The five stones are compared to five truths that David witnessed as God called and equipped David to fight. When David heard the terrible things that the giant was saying about God, David understood his mission (the mission stone), and even though others tried to load him up with armor, David knew his strengths (the strength stone). He got Israel’s army on his side. He knew that he wasn’t going to face Goliath alone (the multiple stone). He showed everybody there the truth- that God was on David’s side (the reality stone). And here’s the really cool part. God gave David five little stones to fight a big huge giant (the stone of provision). The stones were only special, because God chose them for David.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. In what city does the Green Lizard fight crime?
A. He lives in Reptile City.
Q. True or False. Liz and Lucille watch the stories of the Green Lizard on television.
A. False. It's an old radio show. They listen to a podcast.
Q. Name the five stones.
A. They are named the Stone of Mission, the Stone of Strength, the Multiple Stone, the Reality Stone and the Stone of Provision.
Q. What is Liz and Lucille's mission?
A. They choose to clean up the local neighborhood park.
Q. Name some groups that helped Liz and Lucille.
A. Reptarium Middle School and the Terrene church were groups that helped.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Review the five truths of how God calls and equips everyone to the good works that he has set before us to do. (Here's a hint. Each of the five stones is named after one of the five truths.)
1. Search out what your mission is (big or small).
2. Think about what are the gifts, talents and strengths that God has given that makes this mission yours.
3. Search out the people who can support you in the work that you want to do.
4. When the challenge is in front of you, make a list of the steps to complete the work: What needs to be done first?
5. And look for the opportunities and blessings that God has laid out before you.
Philippians 4:13 says, " I can do all this through him who gives me strength."