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New Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Be Not Afraid

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Jesus Christ taught in parables that still have power in our lives today. This New Testament FHE lesson dives deep into the story of Peter walking on water and how Jesus Christ can help us do impossible things even in the middle of our greatest storms.

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Scripture

Matthew 14:27

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

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Hymn

Be Still My Soul | Hymn #124

1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Activity: For this activity, you’ll need a bowl of water and paper clips. Ask the children if they think they can make a paper clip float in the water. Have them try. The paper clip will sink to the bottom. Take a paper clip and unbend it so it forms an L-shape. Rest a paper clip on the largest portion of your L-shape and carefully rest it on the water. You should be able to make the paper clip float. Try this out before your lesson to get the hang of it!

Read: The paper clips represent something impossible like Peter wanting to walk on water during a storm. In our lives, we may feel like something is impossible. We may be in scary situations or feel really bad. But Jesus Christ can help us!

Story: Relate the story of Peter walking on the water from Matthew 14:22-23.

Ask: How do you think Peter felt? Have you ever felt really afraid? Why?

Share: Tell about a time when you were really afraid.

Read: Faith in Jesus Christ helps us overcome our fear. The rain may still come down, but we can be okay anyways, just like Peter. When he looked away from Christ, he sank. When he kept his eyes on Christ, he walked on water and was safe. We keep our eyes on Christ by making good choices and learning about Jesus.

Ask: How can you stay close to Jesus?

Testimony: Close with your testimony of the power of Christ to help us during scary times.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Video: Begin by watching the following video. Before playing, ask everyone to think about a time in their life when they felt like they were sinking.

 

Story: Share a story about a storm you experienced in your life and how Jesus Christ helped you through it.

Ask: What have you learned about Jesus Christ as you’ve faced times when you were afraid or felt like you were sinking?

Scriptures: Have everyone look through Matthew 14:22-33 and specifically ask them to look for words that describe how Jesus will help us. Discuss together.

Ask: What does the Lord invite us to do today that may be like stepping out of the boat? How can we increase our courage and faith in Christ?

Testimony: Close with your testimony of Christ’s ability to calm our troubled hearts and give us faith to do impossible things.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read through the talk “Walking on the Water” by Patricia T. Holland. Try to think of a personal experience where you had glorious hope and faith in Christ. Record it in your journal. Ponder on how you can exercise this type of faith more often.

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