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Middle School: David and Goliath

Middle School: David and Goliath

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Have your kid do a lifting activity.

Materials needed:
A very heavy object that this age group can not lift alone.

Have each student try to lift the object by themselves. When no one
is able to do this ask them what their ideas are as to how they can move
the object across the room. Let them try to move it with a partner or
with your help.

Ask them if they ever feel like they just do not have the
strength to deal with big problems that they sometimes have to face.

Read about David and Goliath

Read the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 16 and 17.


Have them discuss what happened in the story. Ask them if we ever have to face giants. After they have thought about whether we face giants emphasize that we may not face giants in the way that David did, but sometimes the problems we have to deal with are like giants.

Ask the your kid if God still gives strength to people. Ask them how we can get the strength we need from God. Explain that moving the heavy object was like facing our giants and that we can not do it alone, but we can do it with help. Explain that their partner’s help or your help is like having God’s help when facing our giants.

Bible Verse Look Up game

You will need 3 people to play the game.  2 or more with their own Bible and 1 to call out the verses.  Have the people with Bibles hold them up until the one person reads the verse out loud and says go! Once the person says go then who ever finds the verse the first stands up and reads it.  If they get it right they get a point.

Exodus 15:2-3

Deuteronomy 31:6

Joshua 1:9

Nehemiah 8:10

Habakkuk 3:19

Psalm 9:9-10

Psalm 27:1-3

Psalm 28:7-8

Psalm 32:7

Psalm 34:4

Psalm 34:17-18

OPTIONAL: David and Goliath TED talk (world view)

This is a non-Bibical teaching of David and Goliath. It has a different view of the story of David and Goliath. It challenges the idea that David was an underdog using historical and science data and that Goliath may have had a disadvantage. This is something that could challenge ones view on the story, but could lead to a good discussion about world view vs biblical view. Our kids will be challenged in school and by the world so introducing them to different view points can help them start to articulate what they believe and why. This is totally optional and if you would like to view it first please do.