Key Verse: Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Key Words:  Dreams | Mercy | Deliverance

For our Wednesday Bible study we explored the life of another Old Testament hero of the faith – Joseph!

We began by having the campers line up next to one another. The counselors then read off a series of scenarios and the campers had to use facial expressions to show what they thought about each one.  The activity helped us see how just as our faces changed because of the scenarios, our attitudes do the same thing in real-life circumstances. We are able to learn from today’s hero how to keep an attitude that honors God, even when things aren’t going our way.

We dove right in to Joseph’s story found in Hebrews 11 and Genesis 37-50. We explored how the key words (dreams, mercy, and deliverance) all played a part in Joseph’s attitude in hard situations.

Joseph’s hero story is a great example for us to see that our faith may cause things in life that don’t necessarily make sense – but God always knows what is going on and is going to give us everything we need. God is still God in those hard times, and he actually uses these tests of our faith to develop perseverance. Perhaps the biggest lesson learned is that just as Joseph was able to offer forgiveness to his brothers after they wronged him, God does the same thing for us. He welcomes us into his family.

Ask your camper some of the following questions to see what they learned from today’s Bible study:

Questions:

  • What tested Joseph’s faith? What tests our faith today?
  • In Luke 15, why do you think the Father forgave his son and brought him back into his family?
  • How can we help each other when times are hard and when we need something to hope in?

This hero showed he had faith by acting in a manner pleasing to God in every situation, and God used him to do great things because of it. He believed that God had a plan for him even when his circumstances were not good. Joseph’s heroic story of forgiveness reminds us of the greater Hero, who has forgiven every person, no matter what they have done, and who wants us to be a part of his family.