Conversation Starters: Renewal
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Let’s be honest. We all struggle with sin. Regardless of how mature we are in Christ, our struggle with sin can frustrate and discourage us. But if Christ has set us free from the power of sin, why do we still struggle with it? For Christians, our sin nature may be powerless, but it doesn’t want to admit defeat. We do not face this struggle alone; Jesus Christ is with us to give us victory.
LIFE POINT: People who love Jesus help others.
How did Dorcas help the people in her town?
How did Peter help Dorcas?
Name a person you could help.
LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about people who minister in your church. Do something special for that person or persons such as making a card, baking cookies, or some other act of kindness.
LIFE POINT: God offers a new life in Christ.
Why did Paul confront Peter?
What did Peter learn from Paul about how people become Christians?
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child make a list of things that are different about him now from when he was younger. Include physical, emotional, and mental differences. Explain that although he is still the same person, he is very different. Share that when a person becomes a Christian, he is the same person but very different because Jesus becomes his Lord and Savior. Discuss the differences between a Christian and a non-Christian.
LIFE POINT: Jesus is with us in our battle against sin.
How do you deal with the ongoing struggle with sin?
How have you found victory over sin as Jesus has worked in your life?
Have a conversation around this quote:
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”1 —Margaret Thatcher
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your student if he or she feels comfortable talking to you about sins he or she may struggle with.
Pray for your students as he or she battles sin daily.
Develop your own plan to fight sin and discuss it with your student.
Encourage your student to develop a plan of his or her own.
1. “Margaret Thatcher Quotes,” Thinkexist.com. Available from the Internet: http://thinkexist.com.