Big Idea: Our God made a way for us to be saved from sin and death. We can choose FAITH over FEAR and trust Him.
Bible Passage: Exodus 13:17-17:7
This week we talked about the amazing story of the crossing of the Red Sea. After God rescued His people from Pharaoh, they walked through the wilderness. God led them by going before them as a cloud during the day, and as cloud of fire by night. The people knew God was with them, and they followed Him. Then, as the Egyptian army began to chase them, at the banks of the Red Sea, God used Moses to open up a path through the sea that they could walk through. Walls of water stood on either side, and the pathway was dry through the middle. The Israelites passed through the sea on dry land and escaped the Egyptian army! In the wilderness, God provided for His people by sending bread from heaven, water from dry rocks and quail to eat.
Our God provided a way for His people to be saved from the Egyptians, and proved He is in control of the whole of creation. God displayed His power to save and provide for His people time and time again. Our God provided a way for us to be saved from sin and death and provided a Saviour for us in Jesus Christ. We celebrate our God's victory in Jesus. We learned that our God never changes, and He is still as powerful now as He was then for His children. We can choose FAITH instead of FEAR no matter what we are facing because our mighty God never fails His children.
Ask children to write down some things that they are afraid of at the moment. It can be big or small things. Read the story of God parting the red sea for the Israelites. Then watch this video of the story of Jesus calming the storm for His disciples. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Remind children of the promise that God's Holy Spirit (the same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead!) 'will never leave or forsake them' (Hebrews 13:5-6). Now look at the list of things that are scary again. Ask children if they think the God who saved the Israelites, and calmed the storm, can handle these things. Raise your hands together in surrender and praise as Moses did, and pray that God will help you choose FAITH over FEAR in facing what is ahead.