May 12

The Weakness of a Rescuer
(Gideon)

Judges 6-8

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God made Gideon the next judge of Israel.

  • God led Israel against Midian with an army of 300 men.

  • God gave Gideon victory.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9a

Christ Connection:
The people of Israel needed help. They asked God to help them. God used Gideon to help the people, and God fought for them. We need help too. We need God to save us from sin. We cannot save ourselves. God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Story Point:
God gave Gideon victory.

Big Ideas:

  • God’s people turned away from Him again.

  • God was with Gideon and gave him courage.

  • God sent Jesus to be with us forever.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did the angel of the Lord call Gideon a mighty warrior?

  • How does God’s using weak people like Gideon and us bring Him more glory?

  • How do we know God won the battle for Israel and not themselves?

  • Can we save ourselves from sin? Who can save us?

Family Activities:

  • Read Judges 6:33-39. Set several items outside before nightfall. Observe the dew or lack of dew on the items the next morning.

  • Identify areas of weakness. Pray, asking God to use your weakness for His glory.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people were defeated by enemies.

  • God told Gideon to lead His people in battle.

  • Gideon was afraid, but he trusted God.

  • God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
The Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them; God used Gideon to help His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was mighty to save. Jesus Christ came to save us form sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How has God given us victory?

  • What has God given us victory over?

  • How do we know our victory in Jesus is true and complete?

Family Activity:

Plan and run an experiment with your kids. Leave a bit of fleece or other absorbent cloth outside over night. See if it is wet the next day, and check the ground around it. Talk about God’s power to do unexpected things, like the sign of the fleece or giving Gideon victory.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
The Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them; God used Gideon to help His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was mighty to save. Jesus Christ came to save us form sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What excuses might you make about why you are unable to follow God’s plan for your life?

  • What does the Bible say about God’s plan for us? (Phil. 2:13; Acts 1:8)

  • How might God use your family for His glory?