Text: 1 Samuel 24:16-22
Topic(s): When You Are Bullied
Questions to ask in children’s church:
- Ask children if they would like to share about a time when they were bullied.
- Share your own experience from your childhood—remember to keep it age appropriate.
- How do God’s people treat bullies?
- Read Romans 12:14-21—use an NIV; It’s the most kid-friendly and understandable accurate translation of Scripture.
- If we are in Christ, we don’t hit bullies back or hold grudges. Instead, we are nice to them.
- Why are true Christians nice to bullies?
- Only God is the perfect and righteous judge. His job is to judge bullies.
- We are not God, so we are not righteous judges.
- Read Romans 11:33-36.
Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:
- Read 1 Samuel 24:16-22 again.
- Why did David spare Saul?
- Why does God judge and take vengeance but forbid His people from doing so?
- What does God’s instruction in Romans 12:14-21 reveal about His nature and ours?
Note from the pastor to families:
God did not give the primary message of the Bible in order to get us to be righteous or change us into better people. There are many different opinions about what it means for people to be good. He gave us the Bible to show us His goodness, His righteousness. When we break God’s Law, we show that we are unrighteous by nature and hopeless without the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Christians do not act as judges in the world, here to mean condemning people based on others’ ‘sins’ or evils against them, because God is the only righteous one. We can still make judgment calls and practice discernment; If God is the only righteous one, then He is the only one who can possibly practice righteous judgment and take vengeance against those who oppress others and whose sin is not covered by the blood of the Son, Jesus Christ.
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