Daring Faith - May 28

THEME VERSE

“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than

anything we can ask or imagine.”

– Ephesians 3:20 (NCV)

THE POINT OF THE LESSON: 

Move against the very thing that is causing fear:

  • Take action! Do the thing you fear the most.
  • Let go of fear and leap out and look up.
  • Fear causes you to go back, even if what was behind was worse or terrible.
  • Courage is moving ahead in spite of fear.
  • Stop talking about it and do something about it.

THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD: 

1 Samuel 16:18

One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. 

 

THE PRAYER FOR EACH CHILD: 

Lord give the the courage to face my fears.

 

LESSON IN A WORD - Brave

 

WHAT SHOULD I SEE?

15Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! 16Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. 17And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. 18When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!”

 

19Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. 20The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night.

 

21Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry with walls of water on each side!

land. 22So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!

 

Exodus14:15-22

 

THINK ABOUT IT?

  1. The Israelites are so fearful, they plead to go back to the wilderness; at least it was a known entity in the face of the unknown. Have you ever experienced this?
  2. What are some of your fears that God is asking you to face now?
  3. What does it mean to be truly brave?
  4. Think about someone you personally know who has shown extraordinary courage. How has that person impacted you?

April 2: Get Ready for Easter

Series Verse:

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said."   Matthew 28:6 NASB                   

Point of the Lesson: 

Each child will understand that Jesus was more than just a man, a teacher, a historical figure.  Jesus was the messiah, the son of God.

Power of God's Word: 

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”   Matthew 16:16 NIRV

Prayer of Each Child:

Dear Jesus, I believe with all my heart that you are the son of God.

Lesson in One Word:

Understanding

THE STORY

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Matthew Chapter 16:13-20

What's the Key?

The key to today’s lesson is understanding.  Jesus ask the disciples a very important question.  Jesus wanted to know if the disciples really understood who he was.  Peter responded by stating that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of God.  In that moment Peter and all of the disciples understood the truth of who Jesus was and is.  For us to understand we must ask questions and seek answers.  Only then can we truly understand.

What's That To Me?

If you only ask questions you already know the answers to, you don't learn or grow. And that means you’re not exploring and probably not really thinking.  In today’s story, Jesus asks a couple of really big question.  First, he asks who do people say He is and then he asks the disciples who do they think he is?  The answer to the question changed everything for the disciples.  From that moment forward the disciples knew their lives would never be the same.  They were following the son of God.  So what’s that to me and what’s that to you?  Jesus wants us to understand who he is.  That means we come to the place in our lives that we know that Jesus is the true son of God and we believe in him with all our hearts.

How Should I Be?

When we answer the big question of the day and recognize the truth that Jesus is the son of God and believe in Jesus our lives are different.  We have become followers of Jesus.  We treat others the way Jesus treated people with love and forgiveness. How should I be and how should you be this week?  Be like Jesus in everything we do and say.

PRACTICE POINT

Answer the question and you will understand. Jesus is Lord the son of god and man.