Conversation Starters: Being Confident in Truth
Posted on February 28, 2018 by Karah
CONNECTION POINT: The Bible teaches about trusting God.
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: The postmodern culture leaves the standard for ethics and morality up to the personal preferences of the individual. Even the definition of truth is left to the individual. Such a haphazard approach leaves society in chaos and can easily put us at odds with each other. Truth is consistent across all times, cultures, and people; if it is not consistent, it is not truth. God has not left us alone to determine truth; He has given us His Word to reveal truth.
Concept: Being Confident in Truth
LIFE POINT: God promised to give Jericho, a city with strong walls, to the Israelites. God told Joshua what the people should do. Joshua told the people about God’s plan. The people listened and obeyed. God said the people should walk around Jericho once a day for six days. Armed men went first. Seven priests with trumpets followed. Priests carried the ark of the covenant next. Guards followed the ark around the city. Joshua said, “Do not speak until I say, ‘Shout!’ ” The people marched around the city once, then camped outside the wall. For six days, they marched around the city like God said. On the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times. Then the priests blew the trumpets. Joshua said, “Shout!” The people shouted. The trumpets blew. The wall fell down! The people captured the city.
LIVE IT OUT: Print the verse “We will obey God.” Joshua 24:24 in the center of a piece of paper. Read aloud the verse to your child. Comment that she can obey God just like the Israelites promised. Give your child stickers to decorate the verse. Display the verse in a prominent place as a reminder.
LIFE POINT: Joshua and the people were ready to take the city of Jericho. They must capture the city, but it had a tall wall all around it. God gave Joshua the plan. “Seven priests with horns will march at the front. Other priests will carry the ark of the covenant next. Soldiers will come behind them. March around the city once each day, for six days. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times. The priests will blow their trumpets. Command the people to yell. The city wall will fall.” Joshua gathered the people. He told them God’s plan. The people marched around the city once each day until the seventh day. On the seventh day, the people marched around Jericho seven times. The priests blew their horns. Joshua called out, “Shout! God has given you this city!” The people shouted! The wall fell down! The people walked right into the city and captured it!
LIVE IT OUT: Discuss the word obedience with your child. Ask her ideas on how to be obedient to God. Encourage her with other ideas on obedience. Make sure she knows that she can honor God with her obedience.
THE POINT: I can fully rely on what God’s Word teaches.
• What does this passage reveal about the psalmist’s relationship with God?
• How does God’s Word help us in times of distress?
• When have you experienced God’s love and mercy in a meaningful way?
• What’s the difference between saying God’s Word contains truth and saying it is completely true?
Discuss the following quote:
“God’s Word not only gives authority to one’s ministry; it provides a solid foundation for one’s life.”¹—Billy Graham
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Help your student to spend time this week seeking God and looking for understanding in His Word to solve any struggles he or she is facing. Use a tool like a Concordance to look up Scripture on the topic they might be struggling with.
• COMMUNITY: Choose a book to study with your student that addresses the relevance of God’s Word in our lives.
• CULTURE: Help your student determine ways he or she can trust in God’s Word and live out the Scripture this week at home, school, or practice.
¹ Billy Graham, Wisdom for Each Day (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008).