As we move forward from King David to King Solomon, there is also an important shift that takes place in our family story. Our family goes from struggling nation to world power. With it comes all the trappings of power. The seeds of the demise of the kingdom are sewn in Solomon’s reign as we cannot control his desire for beautiful women. Yet, in the midst of imperfections he was a king who “…loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father…”

What Solomon is best known for is his wisdom and the building of the Temple. We will however, focus on the story of Solomon’s wisdom in 1 Kings 3.

Passage: 1 Kings 3:1-15
Big Idea: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Read: 1 Kings 3:1-15
Discuss: What did you like? What did you not understand? What do you learn about God? What do you learn about people? How do you need to change? Who do you need to tell?
Activity: Come up with the hardest questions you can think of about doing right and wrong and work them out in conversation. You can see a good example from Solomon’s life in 1 Kings 3:16-28.

It’s a Lampshade Sunday!
Since it’s a Lampshade Sunday, your missional community might check out a second passage. This week, we’ll be talking about The Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-9. Take a moment and read over it this week. Kids, be thinking about how you can act this out. We’re going to have you come up with a play and act it out for the adults. Adults, really ask yourself this question: What kind of soil do I think best represents me?

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