David C Cook COVID-19 Response

It Takes Courage

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Additional resources: Definition of trust

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • What does the word trust mean? (Answers may include: to rely on someone or something; to put your confidence or trust in something; to have faith, etc.)
  • Who do you trust? Why? (Some possible answers: my parents because they love me; my teachers because they always want the best for me; God because He knows everything, etc.)
  • What/who do you struggle to trust in? Explain. (Answers will vary. Students may say they don’t trust the neighbor’s dog because it growls when I walk by, so I won’t pet him; I struggle trusting in God because I can’t see Him; I don’t like airplanes because I don’t trust they’ll get me somewhere safely, etc.)

Sometimes trusting and putting our confidence in someone or something requires courage. It takes guts to rely on someone else when we’re not sure of the outcome. Luke Aikins is an example of this type of courage and total reliance on something other than himself. Several years ago, he attempted to set a world record when he jumped out of an airplane at 25,000 feet…without a parachute! Let’s watch this astonishing stunt.

Play the following video [4:21; stop at 3:56]:
World First – Skydiver Luke Aikins Jumps 25000 Feet Into Net With No Parachute

  • Do you think Luke Aikins is courageous or just plain crazy? Why? (Answers might include: I think it’s very brave to try to break world records, no one’s ever done it before and it can inspire others to go after their dreams; he’s crazy, no one should risk their life just to break a world record, etc.) 
  • What is something you need courage to do right now? (Answers will vary but may center around standing up to a bully at school or trying out for a team or choir even though it isn’t something they’ve ever done before.)

Trusting takes courage, especially if we’re being asked to step outside our comfort zones to try something new. Most of us don’t like going beyond what we can see for ourselves.  Not knowing how something is going to turn out can be scary! Those unknown outcomes require lots of courage and faith. 

Today we’re going to talk about someone named Joshua. God asked him to put his trust in God even though it was definitely pushing the limits of normal. Let’s find out what happened.

Looking for Steps 2 & 3?

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.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardstock (1 sheet per student)
  • Markers/colored pencils
  • Scissors

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