Questions. We all have them. Sometimes we feel silly asking or maybe we think no one has the answer. Over this next year we will be answering big questions about doctrines of the Christian faith. We will have 5 “We Believe” Sundays tackling topics that shape the foundation of our faith. Our hope is to help kids become knowledgeable in their own faith and give them a bigger view of our amazing God. Today we start with the Bible itself: what it is, why we can trust it and why it still matters today.
WE BELIEVE: The Bible
This Week’s Finish Line: Know What You Believe and Why
The Bible is the
most important book in history. It was written down by over 40 different men
but has one Author. Although it was written in 3 languages on 3 continents over
1,500 years, it tells one consistent story, God’s story. God preserved His Word
throughout history and we can trust that everything it says is true. Through
the Bible, God tells us who He is, who we are, our desperate need for Him and
His great rescue plan. His story of grace and redemption can be seen from
Genesis to Revelation. The God who gave Moses the 10 Commandments, helped David
kill Goliath and raise Lazarus from the dead is the same God who is alive and
active in believers today.
- Read Numbers 23:19. What do you learn about God in these verses? How can these verses help you believe what the Bible says is trustworthy?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What do these verses tell you about God and the Bible? Why is it still useful and important to us today?
- If someone were to ask you why they should read the Bible, what would you say and why?
- How do you view the Bible? Do you think it’s important and true? Why?
Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
* Check out our vision for parents and how to use these activities each week.
Teacher: Go Over the Handout
On Sunday we gave your kids a handout that walked through what we believe about the Bible. If you didn’t get that handout it can be found on this link. Talk through that handout as a family and learn together what we believe about the Bible and how we know it is true.
Friend: Ask Your Kids
Ask your children if they have any questions about the Bible. Answer these questions as clearly as you can. Remember that it is ok to say you don’t know right then, but be sure to do the hard work to find out. Let your kids know that it is okay to have questions and that the Bible really does have all the answers. A great resource is gotquestions.org and this Desiring God Article.
Counselor: Know What You Believe
Teach your kids why it is so important to know what you believe. Explain how knowing what you believe and why you believe it will keep your life anchored by being able to identify the lies of the world. Talk about how we have the responsibility to know what we believe so we can share it with others.
As a family memorize all four belief points from the handout. Go over them everyday until they become second nature. As a challenge you can memorize a scripture to go along with each belief point.
Thank You God for Your inspired Word, the Bible, and that we have the privilege to have Your Word in our hands anytime we want. Thank You that we can be sure of what we believe and know that it is true. God, we ask for opportunities to share with the people around us the reasons that we believe in You and Your Word. We love You, God. Amen.
Next week we will begin our next month's Godly characteristic, PURPOSE. We will learn about God's purpose and His intentionality.
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