Cornerstone- Beliefs

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Family Devotional 3-19-17 pdf download

Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Point

The way we see the world is largely based on how our parents and other influential adults in our lives saw things. In the same way, what we believe, teach, and model will have a compounding effect on every generation to come after us. All the more reason to choose a cornerstone that’s perfectly straight.

2. Application & Talking Point

Psalm 78:5-7 (ESV)

“He (God) established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments…”

Q: Which commands or beliefs are the hardest for you to communicate? 

Q: Which are the hardest to model?

3. Bible Verse

Worldview drift always starts with something small…

Romans 1:21 (ESV) “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

…but eventually takes people way off course.

Romans 1:29-30 (ESV) “They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”

4. Wrap up Discussion

Q: Where do you feel the most drift between the beliefs of your generation and those of the younger ones? 

Q: Where might that slippery slope lead to in the future? 

Q: How can you do something about it today?

5. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and ask God to help you teach and model Christ as the Cornerstone to the next generation.

Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Primary Point

Babies aren’t born reading and writing – they don’t even know how to talk! They have to learn. It’s a kid’s job to learn, and it’s a parent’s job to teach, and those jobs are given by God.

2. Bible Verse

Psalm 78:5-7 (The Message)

“…(God) set his Word firmly in Israel, 

Then commanded our parents to teach it to their children, 

So the next generation would know, and all  the generations to come—

Know the truth and tell the stories so their children can trust in God, 

Never forget the works of God but keep his commands to the letter.”

3. Application & Talking Point

(Blindfold your child. Ask them to walk around the room while you speak directions to them [“move to your left, turn right,” etc]. 

Let each child take a turn.) 

Q. Did it sound like your parent was bossing you around? 

Q. Were they trying to hurt you, or help you?

Q. Could they see things you couldn’t see?

Sometimes we want to do things our own way & we don’t want parents to tell us what to do. 

Remember, though, God said it’s a parent’s job to teach kids the right way to live. Parents teach, correct, and even punish because they love you, and want to help you live a life that makes God happy. 

4. Wrap up Discussion

Q. What is a parent’s job? (to teach!)

Q. What is a kid’s job? (to learn!)

5. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and ask God to help you work together as a family to teach and learn God’s way of living.

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