Week 6 – Parenting
Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)
- Share a time that you were surprised by something a child did or said.
- Write down the most interesting job you’ve ever had and put it in a bowl and then pass the bowl around. When everyone is through, pass the bowl back around and each person will draw an answer and try to guess who it is. The person who wrote the job down gets to share one thing that made it so interesting.
- What was your favorite book as a child & is there a “children’s” book that you still like as an adult?
Children have a ton of potential but it’s hard to be a parent in this world! The most important thing a parent can do to help a child follow Christ is to be a parent who is committed to model christianity.
What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
Do you think it’s easier or more difficult for parents to raise children than it was in previous generations? Why?
If you’re connected to God through Faith in Christ, you’re not just related, you’re adopted! If you’re a Christian, you’re a “son or daughter of God.” (Galatians 3:26-29; 4:4-7) As a “good, good Father,” what does God teach us about parenting?
What does the Bible say?
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9
- Depending on how you use the word, “love” can be really easy or really difficult. Do you think the word “love” is a feeling or a choice in this passage?
- Why do you think God chose love to be such a key part of this community?
- What does it look like for someone to love something or someone with all their heart, soul and might?
- How does someone learn to love like that?
Apply the Message, Own the Mission
This week, pair up with one other member of the group and make a plan to help each other apply your answers to the below questions this week.
- What is one way that you need to grow in your Love for God?
- What is one way you can show your love for God to those closest to you? (Children, siblings, co-workers, etc)
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Tweet this: If we’re not careful, we can become child-centered parents rather than God-centered parents. #ICanRelate @get_hope (click here to tweet this!)