These were my notes in preparation for our 3/6/2011 church meeting.
Leader: Tim Harris
This Sunday we will be primarily focused on the kids. Choose a Bible story and be prepared to share what happened and the lesson(s) that GOD would have us learn from the events. Please focus on aspects that the kids will understand.
Daniel in the Lions' Den
- The southern kingdom of Judah had been made prisoners of Babylon because they had rebelled against GOD and worshiped idols.
- Daniel was a righteous man caught up in a situation where his people were being punished.
- Daniel lived from about 605-536 B.C.
- While in Babylonian captivity Daniel remained faithful to GOD and GOD blessed Daniel in his life there. Daniel rose to power and became a ruler over the province of Babylon as well as chief administrator over all the Babylonian wise men (Dan. 3:46-49).
- In time the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Daniel served Darius, the king of Persia.
- Daniel was made a satrap, or governor, over part of the Persian empire. Some of his fellow governors were jealous of Daniel, so they convinced the king to sign a law that no one could pray to any god but only to King Darius for 30 days.
- Daniel continued faithfully praying to GOD and, when he was caught, he was thrown in the lion's den.
- When the king returned to the lion's den the following morning, he found Daniel alive and unharmed, because GOD had sent His angel to protect him. (Dan. 6:10-23)
Lessons for Us
- GOD longs to bless us. Those who live righteously will receive blessings from GOD.
- Those who desire to live righteously will suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:12).
- GOD's will is that all would come to know Him and be saved (3 Pet. 3:9). To that end, GOD often works in the lives of individuals for the purpose of revealing Himself and increasing faith.
- Sometimes GOD chooses to save people from life-threatening situations and other times He allows them to suffer or be killed. Only He can understand exactly why He chooses to save some and not others. One thing we can be certain of, however, is that GOD loves us mightily and works all things together for good for His saints (Rom. 8:28).
I really enjoyed this assembly. I think it accomplished the desired goal of focusing on the kids while still edifying the adults. I was really impressed with the stories and thoughts people shared. Others' selections included:
- The creation.
- Noah and the worldwide flood.
- Jesus feeding the 5,000.
- Joseph in slavery.
- The two women who took the child to Solomon in order to determine which was his mother.
- Several more...
Holly chose the story of the friendship of Jonathan and David. From the story she noted the following three lessons learned, which I really like:
- Friendship is deepest when your foundation is the LORD (2 Cor. 6:14-15).
- Love one another as Jesus loves (John 15:12-13).
- Stand up for what's right, even if you face persecution because of it (Acts 4:18-20).