Word of the Month:
GOD VIEW: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CONFIDENCE AND GOD’S CHARACTER, AS SHOWN THROUGH GOD’S BIG STORY
CONFIDENCE IS A RESPONSE TO THE CHARACTER OF GOD.
In July, we continue our discovery of confidence with an incredible example found in Daniel 3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found their faith put to the test when they chose to obey God rather than bow down to the golden statue. They remained confident in God’s power, and God rescued them from the fiery furnace.
Bottom Line: Trust that God is always with you. Not only has God been faithful to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, but also God has proven his faithfulness to all sorts of people throughout history. We can live with confidence knowing that God will be with us in every situation we face.
Next, we look to John 1:43–51. John recounts the start of Jesus ministry when He was starting to choose the 12 Disciples. One of those disciples was a guy named Philip. Philip was so overwhelmed when
he met Jesus that he couldn’t wait to tell others. Philip found his friend Nathanael and invited him to meet Jesus. Turns out that Jesus had big plans for Nathanael too!
Bottom Line: Find friends who help you trust Jesus. We all need people in our life who will help us live fully alive. We want kids to figure out who, in their life, is encouraging them to have faith in Jesus.
There’s an important story about confidence found
in Matthew 14:22-33. Peter and the rest of the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee when they noticed a figure walking on the surface of the water. When they finally realized that the figure was Jesus, Peter called out and asked Jesus to invite him onto the water. Jesus did. And Peter took a stroll on top of the waves. However, only when Peter is focused on Jesus is he able to stay above water.
Bottom Line: Stay focused on Jesus. When we
put our confidence in Jesus, we are able to find
the courage to make the wise choice in a difficult situation. Jesus may not be asking us to walk on water, but He does have something planned for us. We hope kids start to understand some practical ways for how they can focus on Jesus and what He wants for their life.
In week four, we head to Acts 4:1-22. Peter and John didn’t care that they were arrested for talking to others about Jesus. They had so much confidence in Jesus, that they would keep talking about Jesus even if it meant dying for their faith.
Bottom Line: When Jesus is with you, you can face anything. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to fear anything that happens. God can give us the confidence to trust Him no matter what.
We finish the month with something Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39. The church in Rome needed some encouragement . . . and Paul delivered. He wrote, Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done, (NIrV). God’s love gives us the confidence to face anything.
Bottom Line: Live like you believe what God says is true. God’s Word is filled with His promises. When we believe them, we can live with confidence that God will be true to those promises and help us through whatever comes our way.