Place a sturdy chair in front of the kids and ask for a volunteer to sit in it. (You could remind them it is strong chair and that many have sat in the chair at other times.)
You had faith (you believed) that this chair would hold you so you sat on it. You have seen me sit in this chair many times so you know that it is trustworthy. If I had asked you to sit in a broken down chair with only two legs, would you have wanted to sit in it? No! It is important that the object of our faith is reliable or trustworthy.
We have an entire Bible full of stories which tell us about God’s trustworthiness. He has proven that He will do what He has said He will do. We show our faith in Him when we believe in and obey Him.
Read Hebrews 11:7
How did Noah show his faith in God? (He built the ark and entered it when God told him.)
God is trustworthy so we can be certain that God will do what He says He will.
Walk in their shoes
Put up a tent (from sheets and blankets) in the family room and read Hebrews 11:8-12 (story of Abraham and Sarah’s faith). Abraham and Sarah lived in a tent and moved when God told them. (Eat dinner or some snacks in the tent, if possible.)
How do you think you might have felt if God told you to go to another country that He would eventually show you? (I might wonder if I heard Him correctly; I might not want to go; I might doubt that He would do what He said; I might believe Him; etc.)
God promised Abraham and Sarah many great things, but they had to have faith, to believe that God would keep His word.
What does it mean to have faith in God? (we believe that He exists even though we can’t see Him; we believe that He will do what He has said He will do; etc.)
When our faith is in God, we can be sure that He will always do what is right, what is wise, what is best for us. If God tells us to do something (in the Bible), we can know that is the right thing to do. Even when we can’t always see what it is going to happen, we can still trust Him!
Bible Words to Build Faith
Review the Bible verse students are learning: Hebrews 7:25.
One of the most important things about faith is the trustworthiness of the person in whom we place our faith – Can I really trust this person?
When Jesus lived on the earth, He told His disciples that He was going to die, but that He would come alive again after three days. Did He do what He promised? YES! Jesus proved that He was someone who could be trusted. He lives forever and we can trust Him to save us and help us.
Play “Echo” to review to the verse. Divide everyone into two groups with each group sitting together. Group 1 should say the first phrase of the verse and Group 2 will echo; Group 1 will say the next phrase while Group 2 echoes; etc. Reverse roles with Group 2 leading Group 1. You may want to write out the verse so everyone can see as they echo it.