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David and Goliath, Harp, Philistines, Armor, 1 Samuel 17, etc.

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David and Goliath

Video Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video "David and Goliath" from "The Greatest Stories Ever Told" Series by Rabbit Ears.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Explorers will better understand how God is guiding their lives.


Supplies List:

  • Video: "David and Goliath"(The Greatest Stories Ever Told Series by Rabbit Ears)
  •  Popcorn and drinks
  • Whiteboard (Marker) OR Large Sheet of Paper posted on Wall (Marker)


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture and lesson ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Preview the video.




Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introductions:

Welcome explorers.


Open with a prayer (you've created).

Say:  When I was your age I wanted to be a ________________ when I grew up.

Teacher:  I'm assuming that what you wanted to be at that age, and what you ended up becoming are two different things. 

Ask:  What do you want to be when you grow up? (Let each child respond)


Say:  When I grew up I became a _____________, not a _________________.


Tell them how God played a role in what you did became.


Say:  Today's story is about a boy who knew he was going to grow up to be a shepherd, just like his father and his older brothers, his name was David.


David did become a shepherd and he was very good shepherd!  God gave him the talents of courage and faith.  He also gave him an amazing skill with a slingshot that he improved by practicing regularly while watching the sheep for his father. 


But, unknown to David God had a plan for the rest of David's life and it wasn't to stay a shepherd boy, he wanted David to be the next King of the Israelites.  As we watch let's look for the ways God played a role in David's life's journey. 


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Watch the video.


Teacher Note:  Discussion questions follow (you may choose to ask after the video, or better yet, stop and pause after each event and ask questions.  This will ensure the children understand and retain what they are learning).


Saul (King of Israel)


1. Who was the first King of Israel? (Saul)

2. Why did God regret choosing Saul (He proved to be an unfaithful King)


The Anointing


1. Samuel went to Bethlehem, without Saul knowing, to anoint a new King. The people were afraid when Samuel arrived, why? (They thought that Samuel came as a prophet to pass judgment on them).

2. Who did Samuel anoint to be the new King of Israel? (David)


i. Discuss what it means to be “anointed”

ii. When David faced Goliath, he had already been anointed king by Samuel. What difference, if any, do you think that made when he faced Goliath?


3. What part did God play in all of these happenings so far?


David & Goliath


1. David was confident that God was leading him to fight Goliath, why? (His experience as a shepherd gave him confidence. God had protected him then and would protect him now).

2. Why did David refuse Saul’s armor? (He was not used to it. David had confidence that he could serve God (and fight Goliath) with his skills).


What kinds of things do people think will protect them today?  Money, muscles, weapons, words.  How trustworthy are those forms of protection?


What was David's form of protection? In what did he place his trust?

How did he KNOW to place his trust in God? How does one develop that kind of faith?


Discussion questions to ask after the video:


Your Church Leaders (Shepherds) Discussion


1. The King was God’s shepherd or guide for the people. Who are the shepherds of the church today? Who are its leaders?


a. How does God choose these leaders?
b. How are they anointed?
c. How do they defend us?
d. How do we follow them?
e. What happens when the leaders are unfaithful (like Saul)?
f. How does God offer guidance through these leaders?


2. How does God offer guidance to you?  

3. What's your response to God's Word?



Follow-Up Activity:

  1. Say:  David refused Saul’s armor? He was not used to it and also David had confidence that he could serve God (and fight Goliath) with just his skills.  It was so much more than just a slingshot that defeated Goliath. 
  2. Draw a large slingshot on the board.
  3. Ask the students to add captions on and around the slingshot about what kinds of things that God has given to them that would REALLY PREPARE THEM for standing up for their faith and dealing with life's troubles that may come their way.

    Older children can write their ideas onto the board themselves.
    Younger children, teacher can ask for suggestions and write them onto the board or in the case of non-readers make simple drawings to represent their ideas.)

    Examples:  Bible, studying God's Word, prayer, listening to their parents, attending Sunday school, faith, etc.



End in prayer. Ask God to help us face the future with confidence that we are not alone. You are with us.



  • Video:  David & Goliath (from The Greatest Stories Ever Told Series) by Rabbit Ears Rabbit Ears Website.  


A lesson posted by member Rhondab

(Opening, question titles, and adjustments to end activity added by Luanne Payne, June 2015)


A representative of reformatted this post to improve readability.


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Beginner's Bible Video Series - "David & Goliath"

Update 2015:  DVD was re-released - in a collection called "Beginner's Bible Vol. 2.  It includes 3 of the original videos:  Creation, Noah's Ark, and David & Goliath, 610583501797. 

Update 2019: Looks like they may be taking this out of print as Beginner's bible are now posting full episodes on YouTube, David & Goliath can be found here .

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DVD - “A Giant Adventure: David & Goliath” (New Superbook Series)

Chris Quantum loses the courage to play his guitar in front of a crowd. Superbook whisks the kids off to meet another boy who had to face his own ‘giant’. Chris, Joy and Gizmo befriend young David who is taking bread to his brothers on the frontline of battle, fighting the Philistines. It's when David meets the giant Goliath that Chris finds the courage to face his own giants.  Lesson:  When God is with you, you can face any kind of giant that comes your way! (Animated - approx. 28 mins)

See reviews of the "New Superbook" DVD Series for more details on this series link.

Update June 2018

Breakdown and Review Notes by Luanne

DVD Chapter Guide for – A Giant Adventure: David & Goliath (Superbook)

Review: I do not recommended this DVD for younger children - the fierceness of the lion, bear, and Goliath, along with the death of all three, including the removal of Goliath's head, not seen, but unmistakable, all make this unsuitable for young children - see breakdown below.

To access chapters use the SKIP CHAPTER - FORWARD / BACKWARD BUTTONs on your DVD remote. I've given the chapter's names. Timings approximate.

0. (0:00) The Shepherd Boy - A lion goes afer one of David's sheep, then David, who eventually kills the lion.
1. (1:47) Superbook Theme Song
2. (2:17) The Anointing of David - Samual anoints David much to everyone's surprise.
3. (3:30) Stage Fright - Chris auditions for the school band with his guitar and a string breaks and he gets stage fright and leaves the audtion.
4. (6:33) Superbook - Superbook takes the kids back in time, "I am taking you to meet a great hero, one who has been given special gifts from God, may you have eyes to see and ears to hear." The children arrive outside Bethlehem near the two army camps. Joy wants to get back home so Chris can finish his audition. Then a bear comes after them.
5. (8:16) David to the Rescue - David kills the bear with his slingshot and introduces himself to the children. They go with David to deliver food to his brothers at the Israelite's army camp.
6. (10:39) Goliath's Challenge - The children observe the King of the Philistines and Goliath, the giant of Gath. The Israelites run in fear of Goliath when he challenges someone to fight him. David asks his brother why no one will fight the giant, don't they have God by their side? David goes to King Saul and says he will fight the giant.
7. (14:19) David's Harp – Chris asks David why he would think he could beat Goliath and David says because he has God by his side. He and Chris play together. David says to Chris, "Who do you play for, others or the one who gave you the gift? David plays for God." Chris rethinks about his stage fright and who gave him the gift to play his guitar and that he should be playing for the glory of God.
8. (16:13) David and Goliath - Armor too big for David so Saul offers his shield, but David says, "The Lord will be my shield." He collects stones. Goliath and David battle, eventally David strikes Goliath with a rock from his slingshot, but not until a few close calls of his own. David cuts off Goliath's head (you see and hear him raise and lower the sword, but don't actually see the head being cut off, although their is no mistake that, that is what happened). The Israelites cheer.
9. (20:50) The Audition - back at the auditions Chris says to himself, "If God gives you the ability then the size of the giant or audience doesn't matter. Chris asks for another shot at the audition and is welcomed to the band after a great audition.
10. (22:33) Credits

Note: you can access the "Salvation Poem" video from the main menu. You can also access the music/dance video for the song "Follow Jesus" - words are also on screen.

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