Note to the Teacher

A couple of weeks ago, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors set an all-time record by shooting fourteen 3-point baskets in a single game. If you were to watch the highlight reels, you would notice how effortless he made it look. It’s as though he knew that the ball was going in even before it left his hands. Very confident. One would suppose, though, if he lacked that confidence, he would never have set the record. If, when he shot the ball, he believed he would probably miss…he would probably miss. Confidence allows us to be everything we can be. We’ve all seen teams that just seem to give up in the middle of a game. Once they lose confidence that they can win, they lose. It’s frustrating to watch that happen to a team and can be devastating to see it happen to a person. We are likely familiar with people who are talented and capable but somehow lack the confidence to deliver. Maybe they have listened to the nay-sayers and detractors and believed the negative rhetoric. A lack of confidence will keep us from being everything that we can be. Could that lack also affect us spiritually? Do we listen to that little voice that tells us that we aren’t worthy of God’s love? Are we unable to trust that Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient? Can we believe that our sins really are forgiven? Today’s scripture reminds us that we share in the victory of Jesus, and that we can approach God with great confidence.

Time Description of Activity
10 min

1. Ice Breaker

  • When have you admired someone because of their confidence? (It could be an athlete, a musician, or just someone who spoke up in class, for example.)

Every person does not have the same talents and skill sets, so not everyone will feel confident about the same things. Still, there are people who seem to be well-suited for certain things but actually lack the confidence to excel at doing those same things.

  • What are examples of things that might damage a person’s confidence?
  • What can people can do to increase their confidence?
20 min

2.  Read Scripture  & Discuss

Are we really free of the guilt and shame caused by our sin? Yes! Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, once we repent and seek forgiveness for sin, it is forgotten and left behind, leaving us free to walk confidently with God.

Read Hebrews 10:11-25



3. Discussion

  • When you compare the sacrifices that were brought to the priests and the sacrifice that Jesus made, how is the outcome different? Why?[1]
  • Verse 14 says that we are being made perfect through his sacrifice. What does it mean to be perfect before God?
  • What happens when we mess up?
  • Verse 17 says that our sins will be remembered no more. Is God forgetful?[2]
  • If God is so willing to forget about our sin, why do we sometimes remember it, dwell on it, and continue to feel guilty about it?
  • How can feeling guilty or ashamed about past sins affect the confidence we have in our relationship with God?
  • After reading these verses, what does does it imply about what God wants for us?
  • What would it be like to be fully confident before God?

[1] According to the Scripture, the ongoing rituals of the priests were not sufficient to remove sin from the people, but the one-time sacrifice of Jesus redeemed all people for all time. That’s the difference between human acts and the power of an all-loving and merciful God full of grace.

[2] God is all-knowing. Forgiveness of our sins is not a matter of God being distracted by needing to keep track of too many other things. God chooses to not remember our sin. This is grace.

20 min

4. Activity and Discussion: Feeling Free

Take this lesson to the next level by helping your students experience the physical metaphor in this scripture with the activity “Feeling Free” from the Youthworker Collective: ( )


5 min  

5. Closing

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then ask for a volunteer to close in prayer.

50 min


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