Great Truths Give Courage
Make a banner of five great truths about God (students learned this week).
- God is powerful (Jeremiah 32:17).
- God can be trusted (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- God will always love me (Romans 8:38-39).
- God will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5b).
- God will do what is best for me (Romans 8:28).
Write each truth on a piece of construction paper and let the kids decorate them. Tape them to a piece of yarn or twine and hang them in a prominent place. There are five so you can focus on one each day. Think of situations where you might need to remember each truth about God.
When hard times come, we might doubt that God is with us or that He even loves us. Elijah may have felt afraid and unsure when he faced the wicked prophets of Baal, but he knew that God was trustworthy so Elijah could courageously do what is right. Knowing these important truths can help us trust God no matter what happens.
Discuss ways to stand up for what is right in the situations below (what could you say or do):
- others are saying bad things about their parents
- your teacher says that we all evolved
- you did something wrong and your mom asks, “Did you ______?”
- your friends want to watch a TV show that your parents forbid you to watch
- your friends are making fun of someone
- others ask, Why do you believe in a God you can’t see?
It is not always easy to stand up for what is right, but God can give you courage as He gave courage to Elijah.
Stands the Test
Test different materials for reliability (sheet of paper; paper towels; dish towel; wood; metal—any variety you have will do). Ask kids to gather blocks or other small toys, cars, etc. to use in the experiment.
Make two stacks of books and use the different materials to find out what makes the best bridge between the books. Lay the sheet of paper on top of the books. Then stack items to see how strong the paper is. Will it hold one block? Will it hold 5 blocks? Repeat with other materials. Each time a new material is tested for reliability, make a note of how many blocks it holds.
What material (paper, paper towels, wood, etc.) was the most reliable?
What does it mean to be reliable? (To be strong; to be counted on to do what it is supposed to do; etc.)
What does it mean to say that God is reliable? (That He is strong; that He will do what He has said He will do; that we can count on Him for help; etc.)
God is truth. When we believe in Him and His Word, we can know that He will do what He has said He will do.