Conversation Starters: Hope
Posted by Karah
Find the right person to compare yourself to, and you can come off looking really good. Set your standards low enough, and you’ll come out on top. But how do you fare when God sets the standard? God’s standard of perfect righteousness is the only one that matters. Regardless of how good we might think we are, we fall far short of His standard. The Bible makes this clear, but it also makes the solution clear.
LIFE POINT: People need Jesus.
How did Jesus help Peter?
What are some ways Jesus helps you?
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child to think of something he wants to do by himself but must have help to accomplish (for example, driving a car). Help him know that some things are ones we cannot do on our own and that we need Jesus to help us.
LIFE POINT: Jesus offers hope for the hopeless.
What hope did Jesus offer to Peter?
What hope does Jesus offer to you?
How can you help others know that Jesus offers hope?
LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about some situations that seem hopeless. Share that to the world many things might seem hopeless but that because of Jesus, we can have hope!
Romans 1:16-17; 2:5-11; 3:9-12
THE POINT: You can’t meet God’s standard on your own.
Tell your student about the last time you wanted a “do-over”.
Ask your student how he feels about the standards you’ve set for him.
Have a conversation around this quote:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”1 —Martin Luther King Jr.
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your student how you can be praying for him as he surrenders different areas of his life to Jesus.
Later in the week, remind your student that you are praying for him as he learns to trust God with everything.
Ask your student if he would like some suggestions about how you can reach out as a family to help others.
Help your students set a specific date to take action to impact your community or a group of people for Jesus.
1. Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter From a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.],” African Studies Center. Available from the Internet: http://www.africa.upenn.edu.