In this unit you will find four stories of people who used their gift of wisdom in the midst of difficult decisions. Deborah was a prophet and a leader of her people. She listened to God and then helped others make decisions for God’s people. Abigail was a wise woman and a peacemaker who helped keep the peace by using her gift of hospitality when her hot-headed husband Nabal wanted to fight David’s men. The wise woman from Tekoa told David, when he was king, a story to help him know what to do in a terrible situation. Solomon, David’s son, became king and God told him he could ask for anything from God. Solomon thought and realized that the greatest gift he could receive would be wisdom to lead God’s people.
Stories included in this unit:
• Deborah, a Wise Prophet (Judges 4:1–16, 5:3, 31)
• Nabal, Abigail, and David (1 Samuel 25:2–42)
• Wise Woman of Tekoa (2 Samuel 14:1–21)
• God Asks Solomon a Question (1 Kings 3:1–15)
Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum invites children and their leaders to wonder, play, and connect with one another as they develop a better relationship with God. By exploring the stories in Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, children and their leaders learn more about who God is and what their relationship is with God. This curriculum has 35 units filled with 148 stories from the story Bible that dive deep into characters and themes in the Bible. Children and their leader will read the story together from the story Bible, pause to allow the story to resonate, and then engage with the story and wrestle with their place in that story.
Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum is written for ages 5–10 and is intentionally multiage, meaning that children are all grouped together. Grouping children this way brings a relational focus to the sessions and fosters a collaborative spirit. The curriculum also includes an intergenerational component with four suggestions for intergenerational and home ideas for each session within a unit. Those ideas include suggestions for things to do in worship, more education-focused ideas, ways to connect with one another, and mission ideas. This adds another dimension to learning and helps the children connect to the congregation, creating a holistic approach to children’s ministry.