Conversation Starters: Life in Relationships
Posted by Karah
CONNECTION POINT: People show love for Christ by their work.
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: One of the hottest topics in recent years has been the defining of the family. With the attempt to create a new definition, the family roles have also been redefined. God created us with only one definition of the family and specific roles for each of us. As we carry out the roles we’ve been given, we experience life as a family at its best. A family centered in Christ is a strong family.
Concept: Life in Relationships
LIFE POINT: One day some of Jesus’ friends were meeting together. Suddenly they heard a sound like a very strong wind. It filled the house where they were meeting. They started to speak in different languages. This helped Jesus’ friends to tell people about Jesus in different parts of the world. Peter began to speak to the people. He told them about Jesus. Many people believed what Peter told them. They wanted to obey God and be baptized. The people began to meet together every day. They learned more about what God wanted them to do. The church friends shared everything they had. They ate meals together. They helped each other whenever someone had a need. Each day more and more people came to meet with the church friends. They learned about Jesus, too.
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your child to tell you the Bible story she heard at church this past week. Remind your child that she goes to church to learn about Jesus. Help your child thank God for the teachers who tell her about Jesus.
LIFE POINT: Jesus’ disciples were all together, praying. A sound like wind came and filled the house. They saw what looked like tongues of fire over them. The believers were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were able to speak in different languages. Other people heard what was going on and were amazed. Each person heard the believers speaking in his own language. Peter stood up and spoke to the crowd. He told them that the prophet Joel said this would happen. Peter told them the story of Jesus and how He died on the cross and rose again. They asked, “What should we do now?” Peter told the people to trust in Jesus, repent, and be baptized. About three thousand were baptized that day. The new believers devoted themselves to the teachings about Jesus, spending time together, sharing meals, and prayer.
LIVE IT OUT: Does your child love going to church? The church began and helped spread the good news of Jesus throughout the world. That is what the church is still doing. Talk about ways your church spreads the good news about Jesus.
Ephesians 5:22-28; 6:1-3
THE POINT: Home is where our identity in Christ is clearly lived out.
• How should we understand the meaning of the word “submit” in these verses?
• How do these verses compare and contrast with the families we see today in movies and TV?
• How does honoring our father and mother change over time?
Discuss the following quote:
“The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”¹—Adrian Rogers
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Spend time talking with your student about handling conflicts and resolving problems in a way that honors God.
• COMMUNITY: Share stories with your student about you and your parents and how you may have struggled honoring them as a student. Pray with your student that he or she would honor God by honoring you.
• CULTURE: Discuss with your student how respecting people with authority reflects our attitude toward God.
¹Adrian Rogers, “The Transforming Power of Christ,” Love Worth Finding, 1 June 2001, [accessed 13 September 2016]. Available from the Internet: https://www.lwf.org/articles/posts/the-transforming-powerof- christ-10479.