Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kid's Church: God Is Faithful

This Sunday up in Kid's Church (our Sunday service for grade-school kids) we learned about the part of 
The Big God Story where God delivered the city of Jericho into the hands of His people.  (Joshua 1-6).

We follow the philosophy that every lesson puts God at the center of the narrative:
because God is the main character of every story.

And so, in this part of the Big God Story we learn that God is Faithful.

Consider the situation: God's people could never have crossed the Jordan River at flood time, or made the impenetrable walls of Jericho fall down (from the inside out!) by themselves.  
This part of The Big God Story shows that if we follow God's leading in our lives, He will be faithful   
. . . even if it means doing the impossible.

After our creative teachers shared the astounding events of this part of God's Big Story, the kids spent a few moments personally responding to God:

They love this time of the morning.
They sat expectably in the Presence of God, as the Holy Spirit's timely message was heard:

Kids, God wants to turn your fear into faith.

Remember?  God's people were afraid to cross the River Jordan when first they came to it 40 years before.  Remember? They were afraid to go into The Promised Land because the enemy seemed much too frightening.  Remember? Their time in the desert was a process; 
an intense process of turning fear into faith.  Remember?  This is what God does.

God turns fear into faith.

It was prophesied and spoken over our kids, by two different people Sunday morning, 
that THEY will be  A Generation of Faith - believing and seeing the miracles of God!
And just as it was once before . . .

This generation will be the ones to believe.

As a group, the kids were asked to respond to this word from God.  
We asked God to bring to mind something that makes them feel afraid.

And then they were asked to write or draw it on a sticky note

Stick their note to a brick

And add their brick to the wall.

We prayed over all these areas of fear . . .

We prayed that God would turn them into areas of faith.

And on the count of three . . .

We blew with all our might.  HARD.

And in one great breath, the wall of fear came tumbling DOWN!

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