For Further Study:
Community Group Discussion
Special Note About this Week’s Topic of Parenting: This week’s homework and Community Group discussion are designed to be helpful for all of us, regardless of our family status or age. For those who don’t have children, it could be helpful in preparing for a possible future family, providing insights on the family you grew up in, or even impacting a variety of significant relationships.
Quick REVieW - Looking back over your sermon notes, was there a particular point or passage of Scripture that challenged, confused or caught your attention?
1. Looking back to your younger years often brings to mind memorable experiences, vacations, birthdays or holiday traditions. What are one or two that come to mind? Are there any that your family still continues today or you hope to have in your family in the future?
2. All of our family situations are unique. Write a word or phrase you would use to describe the home you grew up in.
1. At times, we’ve all found ourselves focusing too much on performance or status (i.e. GPA, MVP, net worth, etc.) instead of character. How did Jesus see beyond the performance and focus more on character in Luke 21:1-4?
Make a list of performance or status issues that can trip us up in judging ourselves or others?
Looking back at the list you created above, are there any you’ve ever found yourself focusing on too much? If so, explain.
2. Character is caught, not taught. Write down the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Then go back and write out a specific way a parent or friend could put them into action. Is there one or two you’d like to adjust or make sure you keep doing?
3. We heard this weekend that asking questions and understanding is one of the keys to creating a safe place and motivating our kids, friends or co-workers. Unfortunately, the default method is typically to just tell someone what to do. Looking at the following passages, what’s the significance of a question being asked instead of a statement being made?