Summer Outdoor Adventures

Shelby Farms Trail
Visit this week’s Memphis location as a family and use Bellevue’s online content to connect your outdoor adventure to an important biblical truth.
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Outdoor Adventure
Shelby Farms Trail

Location Info
6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis, TN 38134

Biblical Truth
We can walk with the Lord

Theme
God

Verse
“…and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: ‘This is the way. Walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21

Talking Points
On your walk, play a game of “Follow the Leader.” Take turns being the leader and have everyone copy what he or she are doing. They can walk in zig zags, spin around, or jump from spot to spot. After playing this game, point out how we get to walk with God. Explain that walking with God means following all His ways. We can do this by obeying God’s commands, praying to Him, and Worshiping Him. Walking with God also means we get to have a personal relationship with Him. There are many religions with their idea of a “god” who is a faraway being, but Christianity is unique because our God, the true and living God, wants to know us personally. Isn’t that awesome? This means God knows us so well! He knew us before we were born and knows how many hairs we have on our head. It is so special to walk with God.

Discussion Question(s):

  1. If you could go on a walk with anyone from the Bible, who would it be? (Answers may vary.)
  2. What do you think it means to walk with God? (Answers may vary; examples would be to follow His commands, pray to Him, Worship Him, etc.)
  3. Who is someone you know that walks with God? (Answers may vary. Parents, this is a good time to bring up the idea of Godly leaders to follow.)
  4. What do you think it means to have a personal relationship with God? (Answers may vary; this could be a great Gospel opportunity.)

Song/Video
“I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin

Missions Tie-In
As you walk along the Greenline, look around and notice how tall the trees are and how the path is so long that you cannot see all of it. Sometimes we can’t see the final destination; we can only see what is right in front of us. That’s why we need direction from people we trust. Right now, your parents are leading you on this path and guiding you. As a Christian, God guides us through life and leads us to where we need to go.

Walking along the path is a lot like our walk with the Lord. He guides and directs us even though we often don’t know exactly where He is leading. We have to trust Him. As we share the Gospel with the people around us, He sometimes takes us into places we could never have imagined before. Sometimes He will lead us to share the Gospel with our next-door neighbor, and sometimes He will lead us to the other side of the world. We can always trust that when we walk with the Lord, He will guide and protect us. As you walk along the trails today, pray you would trust and follow the Lord no matter where He may lead you.

Tips
Make this walk exciting by bringing binoculars to look for birds or a magnifying glass to look at bugs. Mix things up by seeing who can walk like a crab, skip like a grasshopper, or hop like a bunny. If you’re feeling competitive, have a friendly race—this can be done as a normal race, a wheelbarrow race, or a piggy-back race! As you go on this walk, remember that it is not about getting from one point to another, but it’s about taking time to be present with one another.

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