The First Step: Middle School Small Groups 3.27.16

This is what we talked about this week

Session Summary

There are a lot of crazy fears out there, but most fears are learned through experience. Fear can be a good thing when it protects us. But there are some fears that don't help us at all: the fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of being alone. In Numbers 13-14, God was trying to bring the Israelites into the Promised Land, but everyone except Joshua and Caleb were afraid, rather than trusting God. There's a big difference between believing in God and believing God. The Israelites didn't put their trust in Him. Our fears may be legitimate, but God can be trusted. Joshua and Caleb stepped up and believed God, even though they were afraid. You can, too.

Bottom Line

When you feel afraid, God can be trusted.


We went into the land in which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large." - Numbers 13:27-28 NIV

“The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us.” - Numbers 14:7-9 NIV

Questions for Conversation

Here are a few questions you can use to start a conversation at home

  • What is your biggest fear?
  • What's one thing you would do if you knew you wouldn't fail?
  • How is belief in God different from believing God?
  • How am I letting my fears overcome my trust in God?