In our very first We Believe Sunday we learned that the bible is the written word of God and we can trust it because it’s true now, then and forever. God’s word never changes but we’re all sometimes tempted to not believe that it’s perfect and therefore not be honest or tell the whole truth. But what if we had heard the words from God Himself? What if we could walk with and talk to Him face to face? Do you think things would be different?
HONESTY: Telling the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth
MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth." PROVERBS 12:22 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: We Are Honest Because God's Word is Perfect
From the very beginning of time, our enemy has lied to us to try and make us doubt that God knows what’s best for us and that His word is perfect. In Genesis, God gave Adam and Eve specific instructions about the garden because He knew what was best for them. However, the enemy planted seeds of doubt in their minds and they chose to go their own way instead of trusting God’s word. After they sinned, they tried to hide from God because their sin had broken their relationship with Him. Sin separates all of us from Him because at some point we all choose to doubt God’s perfect word. But, God loves us so much that He wants us to come to Him, ask for forgiveness and have a relationship with Him again!
- Read Genesis 2-3. What instructions had God given Adam and Eve? How did the serpent tempt Eve to doubt God’s perfect word?
- When are you tempted to not trust that God’s word is perfect? Why?
- What can you remember is true about God when you’re tempted to doubt His Word?
- When you know you didn’t tell the truth, does God want you to hide from Him or come to Him? Why?
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Teacher: An Honest Look Into the Word
One night at the dinner table pull out your Bible and read Psalm 19:7-10 to your family. Ask them how specifically it describes God’s word. Read the passage again and tell your family to take note of the benefits of knowing God’s word. Then discuss with them how the truth of God’s word should motivate and encourage us to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Friend: The True Truth
As you are driving, ask your kids what they would do if they did not know how to get somewhere. They will most likely tell you that they would look at the GPS map on your phone. Ask them if an inaccurate map would be helpful or hurtful. We rely on maps to be true so that we can know where we are and how to get where we want to go. Then discuss with them how in a similar way that we rely on a map to be true we can absolutely rely on God’s word to be true. Psalm 33:4
Counselor: Story Time
As you are putting your family down for bed tell them that you have two stories to tell. Once everyone is ready, tell a story of how you were dishonest and it did not go well for you. Talk about how God’s word would have told you to be honest in that moment. Contrast that story with one of how you were honest because you knew God’s word. Emphasize to your kids that God’s way of honesty is always better.
Coach: Delighting in the Truth
As you are sending your family off for the day think of specific moments for everyone that you have seen them be honest. Encourage them in how it blessed you that they were living out honesty. Read the verse Proverbs 12:22 to them and point out how God also delights in those who tell the truth.
Thank God that we never have to doubt if His Word is good or true. Ask Him to help you when tempted to disbelieve or distort His Word which could lead to sin. Thank Him for the chance to have a relationship with Him again.
Next week we have our next We Believe Sunday where we will talk about The Church and Sanctification!
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