Conversation Starters: Christ’s Work Today
Posted on July 16, 2015 by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Many of us live segmented lives. We try to keep our home lives separated from school. Recreation and hobbies go in another silo, and we often do the same with church. One area of life often does not impact the others. Life in Christ is not simply another segment of life—it is our life. Christ is exalted over all things; consequently, following Him means we honor Him as Lord of every aspect of our lives.
Concept: Christ’s Work Today
Genesis 6:9- 8:19
LIFE POINT: Noah was a good man who obeyed God. God told Noah there would be a flood over the earth. God told Noah to build an ark to protect his family and many animals. God told Noah exactly how to build the ark. He built it from cypress wood and put sticky tar on the outside. He built rooms and stalls inside on three floors. He put a roof and a window on the top floor and a door on the side. Noah gathered and stored food in the ark. God sent every kind of animal. Finally, God shut the door. Rain fell for 40 days. Water covered the tops of the mountains. The ark floated on the water. The rain stopped. Noah and his family waited. God sent a wind, and the water went down. The ground appeared again. When it was dry, Noah, his family, and all of the animals left the ark.
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child build an ark of blocks. Add some animal figures to the ark. Talk about the Bible story. Comment that when God told Noah to build the ark, He showed Noah exactly what to do.
Genesis 6:9- 8:19
LIFE POINT: God saw that the people had become wicked. He decided to destroy the people on the earth. But Noah found favor with God. God told Noah to build an ark that was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high with three decks and rooms on the inside. God said He would cause a great flood and that everything on the earth would die; however, Noah, Noah’s family, and the animals that Noah would bring onto the ark would be safe. Building an ark was hard work, but Noah did it, just as God told him. He collected the materials and built the ark by hand. When Noah’s family and the animals were finally on the ark, God closed the door. Rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights. The earth was flooded, but the ark floated on the water. When the land was dry, God brought Noah, his family, and the animals out of the ark.
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child to name the jobs he performs. Discuss what he thinks God’s purpose is for that job. Emphasize that God’s work always has a purpose.
Ephesians 1:7-10, 18-23
THE POINT: Honor Jesus as Lord. How do you honor the Lord with how you live your life? How can you bring glory to God in your family, work, friendships, and church involvement? Discuss the following quote:
“The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God.”1 — Richard Sibbes
LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Remain:
•Create your own list of things that distract you from Jesus as your student completes his or her list.
•Pray your student would learn to abide in His presence.
If he or she plans to complete Alignment:
•Ask your student to evaluate where he or she needs to grow. Invite your student to share what he or she learned during this self-evaluation process.
•Pray over your student in the areas he or she wants and needs to grow.
1. Richard Sibbes, The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, Volume 7, (Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1864), 185.