Before class, create a slide that says: When do you need courage? If you are in a physical classroom, write the question on a board.
When it’s time to begin the lesson, take a few minutes to check how the past week went for your students. When everyone has had an opportunity to share, move on to the discussion.
What are some different things for which you need courage? Call on individuals who are willing to share.
Let’s watch a video about a boy who needs courage to face life.
Show the video to your students [3:13]:
Ezra Frech Story: A teen and his family share a story of how he showed courage when overcoming a challenge.
- What did Ezra have to overcome? (Answers may include learning how to walk, run, and compete as a world-class athlete. He talked about how to overcome and get around a challenge.)
- Why do you think it took Ezra courage to get around his challenges? (Accept all answers.)
- It takes courage to do other things. Think about telling the truth. How much courage does it take to tell someone the truth when you know they will be angry? (Encourage discussion about truth telling and possible reactions from the people who may be involved, such as anger and bitterness.)
When you think that someone is not going to like what you say—even if what you are saying is the absolute truth—it takes courage to speak out. Let’s open our Bibles and find out how Jesus handled a situation like that.