FEARLESS of FAILURE
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Lesson & Activity Introduction
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How do we define failure ?
Webster’s dictionary defines failure as , “Failing to perform a duty or an expected action.” Our lesson today reminds us that because of Who we believe, there is no need to fear even when we fail or fall in our faith.
We are focusing on a young man, named, John Mark, in today’s lesson on “Fearless of Failure.”
In Acts 12:12 & 25, we read that when Peter was in prison, the church had gathered in John Mark’s house for prayer. This reflects his godly heritage and a home which was acknowledged as a “house of prayer” for the local body of believers.
Now turn to Acts 13:1-5
Young John Mark was to join Paul and Barnabas on a missionary trip as a helper. Who would not be excited and even proud to be part of a team accompanying the apostle Paul himself? But strangely, halfway through the trip John Mark changed his mind. Leaving Paul and Barnabas in the middle of their missionary trip John Mark returned home, back to Jerusalem (Acts 13:13). Later we understand that this behaviour of John Mark had upset Paul and Barnabas. It perhaps reflected John Mark’s lack of commitment to God.
In Acts 15:36-41 we are told that Paul wanted to visit the churches again along with Barnabas. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them. But Paul disagreed because John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia. There was a sharp disagreement between them as Paul did not want John Mark in his team again. As a result, Paul and Barnabas parted ways. Barnabas took John Mark and went to Cyprus. Paul took Silas and went to Syria and Cilicia.
John Mark was wrong to commit to a missionary trip and then desert his mentors. It was a spiritual failure on John Mark’s part. But God did not write him off. In Fact God being the gracious God he is, helped John Mark through the encouragement of Barnabas to bounce back from this failure.
In Colossians 4: 10 and 11 - Paul’s letter to the Colossians church, Paul mentions John Mark as a co-worker and a comfort to him in his work . Isn’t that encouraging? God helped John Mark to overcome his “failure” and become a faithful helper to the Apostle Paul in his work for the kingdom of God.
Have you ever felt that you’ve failed God? You made a commitment but you did not keep it? Did you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and then continue to sin because of which you don’t feel worthy to go back to God? Will you stop and consider how gracious God is? He has not given up on you. God will help you overcome your failure if you let him. Will you let him? Will you go to him and ask for help?
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The 1968 Olympics was held in Mexico City – John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania came last in the 26 miles Marathon because of injury. It was 7 pm and the stadium was nearly empty as the winners had finished the race nearly one hour earlier. Do you know what he said after he crossed the finish line as the lone runner?
“My country didn’t send me 5000 miles to start the race, but sent me 5000 miles to finish the race.”
Assess and Apply
Where are you today? If you think you have failed,or you see yourself as a failure..what should you do?
1. It’s time to change your track.
Run, fixing your eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith. Hebrews 12:2
2. Remember- Quitters don’t win, and winners don’t quit
Do what He says – Hebrews 12:1- throw away the negative thoughts and emotions that pull you down, whether discouragements , grumblings, ingratitude or the fear of failure.
3. When the going gets tough, the tough get going
Pray, read your Bible, be part of a godly and praying community of God’s people. Use your talents for God’s glory.
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Activity 1: Inductive study of the Bible
The Inductive Study Method is an investigative approach to the Bible using three basic components: Observation, Interpretation and Application. These are general questions to help you investigate the passage. You have to find out how these general questions apply to this specific passage Now, it is time for you to learn about failures in one's spiritual life and how to handle them.
Do an inductive Bible study on the Bible portion given below.
Activity 2: Crossword
Activity 3: Disappear to remember?!
Have a pen and paper with you before you start this activity. Watch the video. Look at all the words carefully once. You may pause the video for few seconds.
Now play !
A word will disappear. Write down that word on the piece of paper.
Now give a second word disappears. Write down the second word.
Now repeat the process.
When all the words disappear, you would have written the memory verse on you paper. Now learn it.