Theme: Overcoming Fear--Do Not Be Afraid

Three Tents --- from the Adventures of Christopher Cross and Family

do not fear, trust God when you are afraidThe Adventures of Christopher Cross and Family are fictional stories based on real life situations. Grades K-6 will find these stories fun and easy to understand; the objective is to reinforce biblical truths and applications.

Today's adventure lesson is on overcoming FEAR.  Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us. He said, "I am with you always . . ." Matthew 28:20b (KJV).

"I'll get it!" Chris Jr. said as he ran to answer the phone. School was out for spring break and Todd, Chris's best friend and neighbor was calling to invite him on the camping trip he and his parents were going on. "I'll call you back as soon as I ask my parents" Chris told Todd.

Chris had never actually gone camping before, but just the thought of it made him very excited and happy. Chris's parents knew Todd and his family very well, they were neighbors and attended the same church. They knew Chris would be well taken care of if he went camping with them, so both dad and mom said he could go.

Chris called Todd back to tell him he could go. The more they talked, the more excited Chris got. He could hardly wait! Todd shared how the boys could go fishing, hiking, swimming, toast marshmallows and hot dogs over a campfire, and then, Todd said something Chris did not like, "We even get to sleep in our very own tent."

"What do you mean our very own tent?" Chris asked. "Mom and dad have three tents," Todd replied, "one of the tents, sleeps two people, and the two smaller tents sleep one person each."

"Isn't It cool, Chris? We get to have our very own tent!" Chris Jr. didn't think being alone outside in the dark, in his very own tent, sounded cool. He was actually a little bit afraid. He didn't want to spoil the fun for Todd, or even worse be thought of as a chicken, so he said, "Well, I gotta go now, Todd, I'll talk to you later."

Now, the more Chris thought about the camping trip, the worse he felt. His imagination was running wild. He pictured himself all alone at night. "I could be attacked by a mountain lion, my tent could be invaded by angry bats, or even worse, I could be a hungry bear's midnight snack! Oh I have got to talk to Poppa about this!"

Chris shared his fears with Poppa. Then Poppa grabbed his Bible and read what Jesus told his followers in Matthew 28:20b, "I am with you always. . . ." 

"Tell me son, Poppa said; do you think God can be with you while you are in your tent, and be with Todd and his parents at the same time?" "Yes, I do." Chris answered. 

Poppa added, "You may have your very own tent, but you are not alone, God is with you. If you ask Him to protect you, and believe that He will, then you just might find that you are not afraid anymore."

Chris took his dad's advice, he prayed to God and thanked Him for always being there. He also asked God to protect everyone while they were camping. "I'm going to trust you God," Chris said; "Because you have promised to be with me always; I am not going to be afraid."

Chris went on the camping trip and had a great time! When he returned home, Poppa asked him "What part of the camping trip was the most fun?" Chris smiled really big and said, "Sleeping in my very own tent!"

Craft Activity
You will need white paper, crayons or markers, and a sticker of Jesus. Ask children to draw a picture of something that frightens them, then have them put the sticker of Jesus in the middle of the picture to remind them of God's promise, "I will be with you always."

Copyright 2018 Cheremiah

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