For the final term of the year, we explore and deepen our understanding of TRUST as a Christian value in our school.
Summer 2 TRUST
Noah’s Ark Genesis 7 New International Version
7 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.[a][b] 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 9:12-17 New International Version
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Other Bible verses
Hebrews 13:5 and 8: 'The Lord has promised he will not leave us or deserts us... Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today and forever' (CEV).
Reliability as part of God's character is described as faithfulness and steadfastness - see Psalm 103:8:
'The Lord is a merciful! He is kind and patient and his love never fails.'
See Psalm 136 with the following phrase coming 26 times: 'God's love never fails'.
See 1 Corinthians 13, where love is described in various ways, for example, verses 7-8: 'Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting. Love never fails!'
Key Themes to discuss
What sort of person am I going to become? Trustworthy, honest, reliable, loyal, consistent?
What sort things do I say? Sincere words, trustworthy promises, helpful comments?
What sort of friendship do I offer? A firm shoulder to lean on, an opinion others can trust, a safe pair of hands for those who give me responsibility, someone who doesn't give up quickly?
What sort of help will I offer? Time, lasting help, hard work, steadfast, faithful?
Quotes about Trust
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”- J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”- Friedrich Nietzsche
Resources from Barnabas in Schools