Courage Takes a Stand! - Family Activity Guide

  Courage isn’t showing off how tough and strong you are; it’s being willing to rely on God’s strength. Courage isn’t being unafraid; it’s taking a stand in the face of fear. Courage isn’t sizing up the challenge and believing you can match it; it’s sizing up your God and believing He can match it. 

Courage isn’t showing off how tough and strong you are; it’s being willing to rely on God’s strength. Courage isn’t being unafraid; it’s taking a stand in the face of fear. Courage isn’t sizing up the challenge and believing you can match it; it’s sizing up your God and believing He can match it. 

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Each week we will provide you with what we call a Family Activity Guide. Take some time to play some crazy games and read the scripture with your children. We strive to partner with you, so you can lead your family spiritually. Please contact the church office if you have any questions. 

Courage Takes a Stand!

This week, we’re learned that you can’t be courageous in your mind. You can’t have courageous thoughts. Courage takes action. Courage also requires the presence of risk, opposition, or fear. When we have faith in who God is and how He wants us to live, we can be courageous by putting that into action.

Even if other people disagree, courage is crossing the line to live on God’s side. Courage isn’t showing off how tough and strong you are; it’s being willing to rely on God’s strength. It isn’t being unafraid; it’s taking a stand in the face of fear. It isn’t sizing up the challenge and believing you can match it; it’s sizing up your God and believing He can match it.

THE POINT

God gives me the courage to do what’s right.

SAY IT VERSE

1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Look up and read the story that goes with this week’s message.

David and Goliath

1 Samuel 17

Superhero Training School

Sharpen your minds to be a sidekick for Jesus!

You’ll Need

2 safety pins per person

1 bath towel per person

To Do

1.       Fasten a bath towel to your shirt by pinning it lengthwise to your shoulders. You are now the superhero school headmaster!

2.       Tell everyone participating that you will ask them 4 questions. If answered correctly, they will become a fully-caped superhero.

3.       Ask question 1: “Which is more important, to know what’s right, or to do what’s right—and why?” (To do what’s right. That matters more to God.)

4.       Attach a safety pin to the right shoulder of anyone who answers correctly.

5.       Ask question 2: “If you see some kids picking on another kid, what should you do?” (tell them to stop, get an adult’s help, ask the kid if they’re all right, etc.)

6.       Attach a safety pin to the left shoulder of the correct responders.

7.       Ask question 3: “What’s your Say It verse this week?” Whoever says it gets one corner of their towel pinned to their right shoulder.

8.       Ask question 4: “Which takes courage: talking about God to friends at church, or talking about God a new friend on a playground, and why?” (On a playground, because church friends probably want to talk about God. We need courage to talk about God even if the other person might make fun of us!)

9.       Pin the other corner of the towel to make superhero capes! It’s super to live for God!

Tossing Stones

It’s not so easy to hit a constantly moving target! God guided the stone that David threw when he courageously obeyed God.

You’ll Need

Five sheets of paper per person

Markers

One empty trashcan or bucket

To Do

1.       Have everyone write their names on each of their five sheets of paper with a marker.

2.       Everyone should crumple their papers with their names on them into five paper balls.

3.       One person will take a bucket or trashcan and hold it up high over their head.

4.       Ask the others to toss their stones way up into the bucket. The bucket holders should do their best to keep the bucket very high, and to move around a lot to make it tricky!

5.       After all the “stones” have been tossed, open the ones that made it into the bucket revealing the names to see who has made the most baskets. (If you have a tie, repeat with the tied people for a tie-breaker!)

Crossing the Line

It takes courage to step into what God asks us to do!

You’ll Need

Rope, string, or tape

Sign that reads “Easy Street”

Sign that reads “Courage Path”

To Do

1.       Divide your room into two halves by placing a rope, string or line of tape across the middle. Label one side “Easy Street” and the other “Courage Path!”

2.       Have the kids listen to what you will read. They choose the side of the room that best represents their answer.

3.       Say, “Sometimes I laugh when I hear a mean comment about another person. Go to Easy Street if that’s true, and Courage Path if you wouldn’t.”

4.       Say, “Go to Easy Street if you’ve ever ignored Mom & Dad’s words, and did what you wanted to instead.”

5.       Say, “Go to Courage Path if you’ve ever invited a friend to church with you.”

6.       Say, “Go to Easy Street if you’ve ever kept your mouth shut when you saw someone else take something that wasn’t theirs.”

7.       Say, “Go to Courage Path if you’ve ever sung your loudest at church, even if your friends weren’t!”

8.       Have fun & create some of your own choices that fit your family! Talk over each response, and allow kids to be brave enough to admit taking Easy Street on these answers. Offer advice on making a courageous choice the next time!)

Talk It Over

1.       Ask what is the most courageous thing they’ve ever done. Was it hard or easy?

2.       Who is your favorite Superhero? Why?

3.       If you could have a super-power, what would it be? Could you help others with it?

4.       Who do you know in real life that is courageous? How do you feel about them?

5.       What makes you feel afraid? How can you face that fear? (Talk about it, ask God for peace, do/face whatever it is anyway!)

6.       What does it mean to stand firm in faith? (It means to keep believing in God, no matter what you may feel.)