Key Verse: Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Key Words: Journey | Bless | Believe
Our second day of camp started with our second hero, Abraham.
We started with an activity with all of our campers taking seemingly arbitrary orders from their counselors. Imagine a chaotic Simon Says. The point of the activity was to show how difficult it is to follow directions that don’t seem to make any sense. We discussed how it is hard to trust someone who is asking us to do something or go somewhere we don’t understand.
This was a great transition key into Abraham’s heroic story of faith. We looked at his story found in Hebrews 11 and Genesis 12-17. Our three key words, journey, bless, and believe, helped to define Abraham’s story of faith.
Through this hero’s story our campers were able to see that their faith can mobilize them – they will have places God tells them to go. God also provides things on his own timetable (like having a baby when you are 100 years old!). We tied Abraham’s story of faith by talking about how just as Abraham ventured into an unknown land, Jesus went to a land that he did not know to provide a new promise for the people.
Here is a list of questions you can ask your camper to see what they have learned about Abraham’s story of faith, and how that relates to their lives:
- Do you think God could have made his nation without the faith of a man like Abraham?
- Why did Abraham’s faith get stronger according to Romans 4:20-21?
- What is the difference between having faith and believing?
- How can we strengthen our faith like Abraham?
This hero showed that he had faith when he journeyed to a land promised to him. He believed that God could make him “father of multitudes” (that’s what his name means), even though he didn’t have a single child before he was 100. The Hero left his heavenly home, and came to this earth to offer all of us an eternal promise.