Conversation Starters: Unstoppable Courage
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We love stories about courage because deep within us, we know that we were meant to be courageous people. We know that the world is broken and we play a part in fixing it. Knowing Christ gives purpose to our desire to be courageous. It takes the good we desire and focuses our efforts on the greatest thing we could possibly do: Proclaim the way, truth, and light of Christ to a dying world in need. We can experience unstoppable courage.
Concept: Unstoppable Courage
LIFE POINT: Miriam’s family had a new baby boy. Miriam helped her mother take care of the baby. The king did not want baby boys to live. So Miriam and her family kept the baby a secret. Miriam’s mother got a basket. She covered the basket with sticky tar. Miriam’s mother laid the baby in the basket. She placed the basket in tall grass near the edge of the river. Miriam stayed nearby to watch. The king’s daughter walked beside the river, she saw the baby in the basket. The baby was crying, and she felt sorry for him. Miriam went to the king’s daughter and asked, “Do you want me to get someone to take care of the baby for you?” She said yes. Miriam ran and got her mother. Miriam’s mother was glad to care for her own baby. When the baby was older, the king’s daughter named the boy Moses.
LIVE IT OUT: Print the Bible verse God loves me. Psalm 86:3 on a sheet of paper. Read the verse to your child and prompt her to repeat it. Let her decorate the verse with dot painters or markers. Pray with your child, thanking God for His love.
LIFE POINT: Joseph had become an important man in Egypt. Because of his work, the people of Egypt had plenty of grain. Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy grain. They did not recognize Joseph! Joseph gave orders for their grain sacks to be filled, but he told his servants to put the money the brothers paid back into their sacks, too. Soon they returned to Egypt. Joseph was glad to see his brothers, but the brothers still did not recognize him. Joseph gave the men more grain. But Joseph decided to test them. Joseph knew his brothers had changed. He told them who he was. The brothers thought Joseph would punish them for what they had done. Joseph said, “God brought me to Egypt so I could provide food for my family. Go home. Get my father and your families. Come back quickly to live here!”
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child use a concordance to find verses about forgiveness. Write these down on
paper and discuss each verse. Help your child remember that we should forgive others because God first
Acts 4:1-3, 8-12, 19-20
THE POINT: God will give us courage to speak boldly for Christ. What are the risks we face when we proclaim the gospel? What is the difference between being intolerant of others and lovingly sharing the truth of the gospel with unbelievers? How can you demonstrate a greater level of courage and love
toward others in your life? Discuss the following quote:
“When we find a man [or woman] meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.”1—Dwight L. Moody
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: Encourage your student to be a God-pleaser, not a people-pleaser. Spend time in prayer together seeking God first.
• COMMUNITY: Encourage your student throughout the week to courageously share the gospel. Pray together for the courage to share without fear.
• CULTURE: We communicate in many ways. Look at the ways your student communicates and help him or her to develop a plan to communicate the gospel.
1. D. L. Moody, The Gospel Awakening (Chicago: F.H. Revell, 1883), 589.