High School

Confidence with God

Lesson 7 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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January 12, 2020

Lesson Focus:

Because Jesus is on our side, we can approach God.

Bible Basis:

Hebrews 3:1; 4:14-16; 7:23-26

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Whiteboard
  • Markers

Summary & Links:

Students will think about what it means to have confidence and will tie this concept into how they can approach God.

Memory Verse:

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
—Hebrews 4:16

Step 1:

Students will think about what it means to have confidence and will tie this concept into how they can approach God.

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard
  • Markers

Prior to students arriving, write the following statement at the top of the whiteboard: I feel ___________ today. As students come into your room, have them write a word or phrase below the statement that describes their answer. Examples: happy, tired, stressed out, hungry, mad, worshipful, thankful, etc.

After most students have had a chance to write something, begin your group time by reading the sentence and filling in the blank with what students have written down. Don’t use anyone’s name specifically.

If someone wrote that they felt confident, save that for last and then proceed. If no one mentioned that they felt confident, comment that no one mentioned it and proceed. Confidence is one of those things that people don’t often associate as a feeling. It is a feeling, but it is also more than that. Feelings come and go. Being confident or acting confidently is something that is a broader concept, but it is a trait that exudes from a person’s inner being, person, or personality. Confidence is contagious. If you are around a confident person, your confidence in him or her grows.

Invite students to call out the names of people they consider confident. Some might name friends or family members, others may respond with the names of celebrities, some students might choose to mention their coaches or teachers or music leaders. After a few students have called out names, ask volunteers who shared a name to elaborate on why they picked that person to describe confidence. For example, a student may say, “My band director, Mr. Smith, bellows out commands to us and we listen carefully” or “My best friend isn’t afraid to go to a party where he doesn’t know anyone.”

Confidence can take on many forms. That is what makes confidence such a unique and great trait to have, but that may be why most of you didn’t use it to fill in the blank when you answered how you were feeling earlier.

Share the following clip with your students [1:52]:
Body Language That Shows Confidence | Body Language

This guy’s example of following an older man who was confident when it came to shaving, even though the man wasn’t actually good at what he said he was good at, is interesting.

  • What thing that Blake shared about confidence rang true with you? (Answers will vary.)
  • Do you think confidence is an important trait to have? Why? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
  • Do you feel confident most of the time? Why do you think that is? (Answers will vary. Invite only volunteers who want to share with the group to do so. Most teenagers lack confidence and may find this a difficult issue to discuss.)
  • Does feeling confident help you when you approach people or enter a new situation such as a school assembly or a party? Explain how confidence and our ability to approach others might be connected. (Answers will vary but assure students that having confidence and our ability to approach others do go hand in hand.)

Confidence in ourselves may come and go depending on how well we know how to do something or how sure we are about our knowledge in a certain area. But we can always be confident in approaching God when Jesus is on our side. Let’s find out more.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard, eraser, and marker
  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils
  • As a Christian, where should our confidence be found? (Responses may vary but the correct answer is Jesus Christ. We don’t have to stand on our own merit because we have a Savior in whom we can be confident.)

In this lesson, we studied passages in Hebrews that pointed us to our approachable God. We want to approach God, so what might keep us from doing so? Invite students to call out answers. Examples: sins; feeling inadequate; being fearful of God; not being sure that Jesus is on our side, etc. Have your students spend a few moments thinking about any issues that are holding them back personally from approaching God frequently and confidently.

Hand out the cards and pencils or pens. Have students write the issue they just identified on the card. This is for their eyes only but assure them that they can use a symbol or code word for this issue if they feel more comfortable. Erase your Step 1 statement and responses on the whiteboard and write out the statement below for students to copy. Invite students to fill in the following blanks by writing out this statement in its entirety (they can fill in the first blank with their symbol/code if desired):

Even though I ____________, I can confidently approach God

because______________________.

Some examples for completing the second blank might be: His sacrifice is enough; I can believe what the Bible says about God; Jesus’ death on the cross paid for my sin. Have them write out today’s memory verse on their index card also. Encourage students to take their cards with them and repeat their sentence as a confidence-building exercise throughout the week.

Our God doesn’t want us to feel awkward when we approach Him. God wants us to approach Him confidently because Jesus is on our side. There is no one in this group who is unworthy of approaching God through Jesus. As redeemed sinners, we can come to God through Jesus without worry. We share in His calling (Hebrews 3:1), we share a High Priest (Hebrews 4:15), and we are completely saved when we trust in Jesus (Hebrews 7:25-26).

Prior to dismissal, recite today’s Bible memory verse together, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Be sure to follow up with students next week to see if their confidence improved as they daily reminded themselves of God’s promises.

Close in prayer.

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