Courage: Becoming a Person of Character Series

Lesson #1: COURAGE

Introduction:

Ice Breakers

Two Truths & a Lie:

Break down the girls into groups of 3 and have them each think of two truths about themselves and one lie.  They tell the group all three, and the group has to guess which one is the lie.

Courage Stories:

Share stories around the circle or in small groups of a time when it took courage to do something (ie. rock climbing, speaking in front of a class, trying out for a team, etc.)

Share a time when you (the leader) had to use courage.

Define courage: 

Have the girls guess in their own words what it means.

Definition:  The ability to do something that frightens one.  Strength in the face of pain or grief;  To act in accordance with one’s beliefs, especially in the face of criticism.

HEART OF THE LESSON

Show one of the following video clips of Bethany Hamilton – the surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DF1Clfb3Vc (her life & story from her perpective)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjUbYx6ozic (this one speaks specifically of overcoming FEAR)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISZKQy539YI&feature=related (The Hamilton Family’s Journey)

Discussion Questions:

  • How courage has played a role in Bethany’s journey?
  • If she hadn’t found courage in the face of great pain & grief, would she be in the place she is now?
  • How has God used this situation in her life to point people to Him?
  • What are some things that take courage in your life right now?  (Have them think of big and little things: when someone is gossiping, when someone is cheating off of your paper, when you are tempted to lie, when people are talking about you and you have to walk down the hall where they are standing anyway, facing divorce, etc.)

 Soul Work:

Memorize

Deuteronomy 31:6 “So be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid, and do not panic before them.  For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard.  Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

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