As we continue our journey through God’s Big Story, we take a closer look at the lives of significant people in the Jewish Scriptures: Joshua and Caleb, David, Daniel, and Esther. Each of them trusted God and found courage to face difficult circumstances. They also represent major time periods in Israel’s history—from entering the land of Canaan, the United Kingdom, and Exile.
Like these people we read about in the Old Testament, God may ask us to take a risk or do something we might not feel prepared to do. But God will also give us the courage we need to face that challenge. We can also look to Jesus. He faced the biggest challenge of all: death on the cross. Still, He chose to be brave and follow God’s plan.
1st – 3rd grade
For week one, we pick up God’s Big Story in Numbers 13-14 with two guys named Joshua and Caleb. Joshua and Caleb found the courage to speak up and remind the people that God would provide a way for them to take the land. They were brave even when others weren’t, and God rewarded them for it.
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In week two, we head to passages in 1 Samuel 16 and 17 where we meet David. His story starts when God sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to find a new king for Israel. David showed up and knew something had to be done. David trusted God for the courage to do something about it . . . and God used David to do the impossible and defeat Goliath.
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In week three, we head to Daniel 6 and a time period when God’s people were in captivity. Even in a foreign land that didn’t worship God, Daniel was known for faithfully praying to God. And when the leaders tried to trap him and have him killed, Daniel had courage and continued to honor God in spite of what could happen to him.
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n week four, we discover the story of Esther in the Book of Esther. Esther had no idea how God would use her when she was chosen to become Queen of Persia. She found the courage to go to the king and ultimately saved her people.
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Key Question: What are people afraid of? We start with this high-level question because, for kids, it’s often easier to talk about your own fears when you think about what others find scary. We hope to start a good discussion about fears in others to help kids think about fears of their own. God can meet us in our fears and help us find the courage to face them.
For week one, we pick up God’s Big Story in Numbers 13-14 with two guys named Joshua and Caleb.
Key Question: What seems impossible to you? When you’re young, lots of things seem impossible—from eating a plate-full of vegetables to keeping your room clean. But through this question, we hope kids will think about situations at school, home, or in extracurricular activities that might be giving them some anxiety and fear. We pray they’ll realize how God can meet us in our fear and give us courage to face whatever comes our way.
In week 2, we head to passages in 1 Samuel 16 and 17, where we meet David.
Key Question: What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? It isn’t always easy for us to find the courage to do what we should. However, it can be a bit easier when we remember the times we’ve shown courage in the past. Whether it’s standing up for what’s right or doing something we’ve never tried before, we hope that kids can talk about their moments of bravery and inspire others in their group to show bravery too. We pray they remember that God is with them through all of it.
In week three, we head to Daniel 6 and a time period when God’s people were in captivity.
Key Question: When have you done something you were afraid to do? Acts of courage can come in all shapes and sizes: jumping off the high dive, asking for help, trying a new food. We’ve all faced moments where we’ve had to choose to something that made us scared. We didn’t know how it would turn out, yet we knew we had to try. Remembering those moments can help kids find the courage they need to face their next challenge.
In week four, we discover the story of Esther in the Book of Esther.
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