Conversation Starters: Speak Up
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: There are some conflicts we should walk away from. However, there are some issues on which we should not compromise by giving in, walking away, or ignoring. When conflict is caused because of an issue of biblical right and wrong, we need to stand our ground. The apostle Paul was passionate about issues of truth. He was willing to face conflict to defend matters of grace to a culture and people that was very attached to living by the law.
Concept: Speak Up
LIFE POINT: Every person is important.
Who told Cornelius to send for Peter?
How did Peter know he should go to see Cornelius?
What happened after Cornelius and his family listened to Peter?
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your preschooler to make a new friend this week. Ask him to think of someone who is very different from him. Help him think of ways to be kind and reach out to this person.
LIFE POINT: Speaking up for truth shows God’s love for all people.
What visions did Peter and Cornelius have that led to their meeting?
Why did Peter need to be convinced to visit Cornelius?
What was the result of Peter’s visit to Cornelius?
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child to name some ways he has seen other people be mistreated. Encourage him to speak up for someone he sees being mistreated this week.
THE POINT: Never compromise when the issue is a matter of biblical right and wrong.
When was the last time you stood your ground over something?
How does love factor into how you stand your ground?
Have a conversation around this quote:
“The time is always right to do what’s right.”1 —Martin Luther King Jr.
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to be honest about his or her faith and the challenges he or she faces.
Write her a note of encouragement about her faith.
Pray that your student will be able to stand his or her ground when it comes faith.
1. Martin Luther King, “A Testament of Hope,” ed. James M. Washington(San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1986), 354.