Lesson 9: Psalm 23: Dark Valleys

Lesson 9: Psalm 23: Dark Valleys



River Ridge Kids

Dig In to the Bible
·       Read: Psalm 23:4; Exodus 13:17-22
·       In This Passage: In this section of Psalm 23, things take a dark turn…into dark valleys. But God, our shepherd, is still there with us! One example of that in the Bible is when the Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt and wander through a desert. Though it’s a hard time, God shows he’s with them through a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire.
·       Bible Point: God is with us in hard times.
·       Summary Verse: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need” (Psalm 23:1).

Dig Deeper
·       You’ll Be Teaching: God is with us in hard times. Kids in your class probably have experienced a range of difficulties. You may have kids who’ve dealt with really hard things like poverty, homelessness, abuse, or the loss of a parent. Other kids may not have had such traumatic struggles in life, but they’ll think of hard times such as being excluded at lunch or getting in a fight with their friends. The fact is, no one—not even kids—is exempt from hard times, so they all need to hear that God is with them!
·       Think About: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever gone through? Looking back, how can you see God was with you?

Dig In to Prayer
·       Talk to God about any specific hard times you know the kids in your group are facing.



Lesson 8: Does the Bible Say Some Sins Are Worse Than Others?

Bold Bible Truth
God helps us make good choices.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
(Romans 3:23)
•  All sin comes with a death sentence unless there’s forgiveness.
Romans 6:23
•  Jesus forgave a thief’s sin, but the thief still suffered consequences.
Luke 23:39-43