The Kings of Israel
Kelly Henderson, Ministry-To-Children, 2010

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This page is the index to our series of lesson plans that follow the Kings of Israel… These lessons were designed for older elementary children, but you could modify them for a broader range of kids.

Like all our content, this curriculum is 100% free to use in your church, home, or school.

What do you get?

Access to all 28 sessions on the Kings of Israel which are presented in chronological order plus associated Bible activity worksheets. Downloadable.

  1. Israel asks for a king from 1 Samuel 8
  2. King Saul’s good start from 1 Samuel 9
  3. King Saul’s rebellious heart from 1 Samuel 13 & 15
  4. David: the man after God’s Heart from 1 Samuel 16
  5. Young David Defeats the Giant from 1 Samuel 17
  6. King Saul Persecutes David from 1 Samuel 18-20
  7. David Becomes King (Finally!) from 2 Samuel 1-2, 5, 7
  8. Gifts for Building the Temple from 1 Chronicles 29:1-20
  9. The Wisdom of Solomon from 2 Chronicles 1:2-13
  10. Solomon Turns Away from the Lord from 1 Kings 11
  11. The Kingdom is Divided from 1 Kings 12
  12. Rehoboam and Jeroboam Reign from 1 Kings 12-14
  13. Abjiah Trust in God from 1 Kings 15
  14. Asa Seeks God from 1 Kings 15
  15. Northern Kingdom of Israel Kings 1 Kings 12-16
  16. Jehoshaphat’s dangerous friendship 2 Chronicles 17 – 19
  17. King Jehoshaphat’s enemies 2 Chronicles 20
  18. Joash is Safely Hidden 2 Chronicles 21 -23
  19. Jehoiada’s Godly Influence 2 Chronicles 23 & 24
  20. King Amaziah’s Distractions 2 Chronicles 25
  21. The Northern Kings (Part 2) King Ahab 1 Kings 21
  22. Uzziah Seeking God 2 Chronicles 26
  23. Ahaz brings trouble 2 Chronicles 28
  24. Hezekiah brings reform 2 Chronicles 29
  25. Hezekiah celebrates the Passover 2 Chronicles 30
  26. Hezekiah prays when threatened 2 Chronicles 32
  27. Manasseh repents and finds God’s Mercy 2 Chronicles 33
  28. King Josiah Part #1 2 Kings 22


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  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. Presentation is all online, but can be printed or displayed in pdf format if preferred. Headings and subheadings are clear with explicit links to other internal resources or external websites. The content of these sessions is very comprehensive and approaches the topics from different points of view.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has a learning goal and a learning indicator. The learning goal outlines the children’s perspective; the learning indicator outlines how the teacher will be able to measure what children have learnt.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    The leader’s notes are clear and easy to understand with helpful headings throughout. The instruction for Bible time is comprehensive so leaders must ensure they have prepared for this well. There is a brief introduction to each session which explains to the leader what the session will cover.

    Who could lead it?

    Depending on the context of these sessions, different leaders may suit. For example, an experienced children’s leader may not be available for a session during the school day. Despite this, whoever leads this series should have a good understanding of the books covered, in order to ensure they can answer all the children questions, and so that the participants get the most out of this series. There are comprehensive instructions, but with the target age range as 9-12 years, children will have the initiative to come up with creative questions.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    The majority of participant resources are craft supplies for activities.

    How good is any digital material?


    How much prep will I have to do?

    These resources have been produced with an assumed running time of 60 minutes in Sunday School, for ages 9-12 years. The sessions are flexible and can also be used for younger children (by adapting some of the review questions and incorporating some more activities) or in children’s church or small groups. Preparation is relatively minimal, as there is a supply list at the beginning of each session which consists of standard craft cupboard resources with a few exceptions. Leaders need to make sure they have any links loaded, puzzle sheets and session printed if preferred. Estimate that preparation should take an hour per session, depending on how many children come along. This resource also suggests it can be used alongside other ideas, so leaders will need more time to plan if doing so.

    Is there website support? Links?

    This resource is accessible online so there are various activity sheets to print and a few links to other activities or supporting materials.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is encouraged via discussion and learning activities. The learning activities are listed at the beginning of the sessions, and some Bible teachings encourage interaction by means of children getting involved in skits and dialogues. Memory verse techniques further encourage children to interact with the leader and there are various techniques used across the series to accomplish effective learning.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Learning is primarily through learning activities (which are more hands-on and can include games, crafts or activity sheets) and discussion with the leader during the Bible lesson section.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    These sessions are intended for use with children aged 9 - 12 years old in a Sunday School setting over a period of 60 minutes each. They are adaptable to other contexts and ages by rewording the discussion questions and increasing the use of props or inventive teaching to keep younger ages interested. These sessions can be used in Children’s church, holiday clubs, after school clubs and even small group sessions. The resource is intended to be used however the leader sees fit to help children learn more about the Kings of Israel, and encourages the use of other resources to build a fuller session if more time is available. Each session includes an introductory paragraph, and summarises the verses, context and objective. The sessions include: learning context, objectives, a supply list, memory verse, review questions, Bible teaching, prayer and 2 or 3 activities. These can be used in many contexts as they do not require ample resources or a large space. Preparation is relatively minimal too with collecting activity materials, reading the resource, loading any links, and printing off the session if preferred, being the main preparation work. This resource is highly adaptable to any church teaching situation, and sessions can be run in chronological order or intermittently used for a series already running in church.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Children apply the material by learning memory verses and completing learning activities, but the most effective method used is by the use of a simple review question format at the end of each session, solidifying knowledge and ensuring that children leave the session with the right answers.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The ‘Bible Lesson’ section accounts for approximately half of the running time i.e. 30 minutes. The rest of the material consists of activities which solidify learning and enhance the sessions objective.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is presented by the leader giving context to the passages and making them relevant to the children’s lives. The leader then delves in further to Bible passages which are relevant to the themes.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Children apply the scenarios found in the passages to their own lives by answering questions about how they would respond to certain situations. For example, when learning about David’s response to Saul’s death, children are asked, “If you had an enemy… how would you respond when you found out that he was dead?” Children are given the opportunity to think about their attitudes and approaches to everyday problems as well as difficult situations.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, this series is open to all and does not include any specific liturgy or denominational slant.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Children learn about whole life discipleship by examining the Kings in the Old Testament and the qualities they had which made them wise followers of God. For example, in the series children are introduced to Solomon. As Solomon begins his reign, he asks God for wisdom. Students learn that God’s wisdom is available to all who ask and that it is a great blessing to life. They learn some practical tools to keep them close to God too, for example, prayer and reading the Bible.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Children grow in faith in three ways throughout this series:
    1) By learning about the Old Testament happenings and why they are important;
    2) By learning about how God can also act in unexpected ways to achieve his greater purposes in the lives of the kings mentioned in this series; and
    3) By learning about the Kings in the Old Testament, whom even many seasoned Christians may be ignorant.

    This series does not just delve in to the more common stories, but introduces the children to less well known biblical figures.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Children learn that God’s ways are not always predictable; he always has a bigger picture in mind. For example, children learn from studying Abijah that although he wasn’t fully devoted to the Lord, when he faced an enemy bigger than himself he relied on God and God gave him victory over Jeroboam’s large army. Children may have previously assumed that God does good for those who fully trust him, so this kind of narrative opens up a whole new area of his character to explore.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    This series connects with real life issues by encouraging children to apply lessons learned by characters in the Bible to their own lives. For example, when learning about the life of King Hezekiah, the students learn how he handled the threats of the king of Assyria by prayer. The students will learn how to apply what they learn from Hezekiah’s response to their lives when they are confronted with difficulties.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This resource is not explicit about evangelism as it teaches from the Old Testament.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    The series covers some kings who made huge sacrifices for the sake of their kingdoms, and children are encouraged to think about how they can have a positive influence where they live.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    There is a small mention on global issues in the context of the Old Testament; leaders can then ask children to apply the scenarios and God’s response on earth today.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus for this series.

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