Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
As Christians we believe very strongly in God: His goodness, His power, His offer of salvation to the world – but our belief doesn’t become faith until we act on it. If you want to live a faith-filled life, you’ve got to allow what you believe to shape how you behave.
2. Bible Verse
Hebrews 11:17-30 (ESV) “It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him… It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff… It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born… It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger… It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.”
God uses 2 main ways to instruct us on what sorts of actions we should take – the Bible, and the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives. By spending time getting to know God through His Word and developing a sensitivity to His personal direction in our lives, we can put our faith in Him into practice and continually experience what a God-changed life looks and feels like.
Q: Take a look at the passage in Hebrews again. Circle or highlight the verbs describing how people acted out their faith.
Q: Of the actions you circled, which ones probably seemed logical at the time? Which ones seemed crazy at the time? Does the same faith in God that drives the big things drive the little things? What does that mean for the “little” things in your life?
Q: What are some modern-day examples of actions that a belief in God should produce in someone’s life? Of your own list, which things are you doing the best? Which could you stand to change or improve?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for speaking to you through the Bible and directly through the work of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to show you any areas in your life where your beliefs and actions don’t match up so you can keep growing in faith.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
Deuteronomy 16:17 “All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God. “
“If I Give God A Little, He Will Make It Much!”
This week, we continued our series “Never Too Young.” The children are learning that they are “Never Too Young” to do amazing things for God.
Read Aloud: John 6:1-22
Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
Jesus Walks on the Water
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.
Q. Do you think it was hard for that little boy to give up his lunch?
Q. Do you think he thought Jesus was going to perform such a miracle with just 5 loaves and 2 fish?
Q. What do you think would have happened if he hadn’t shared his lunch with Jesus?
The amazing thing about the story is that God didn’t need a lot, he just needed a little. God can take a little bit and turn it into something big and great!
Q. Have you ever given something- money, toys, etc. to someone who needed them? Or have you ever given money to a missionary and maybe it didn’t seem like much?
Q. Do you think God was able to use that? How?
Q. Have you ever felt like God was asking you to give something and you chose not to? How did that make you feel?
Parents: share a time with your kids when you or your family gave something that was able to help someone else. (It may be in a missions offering, clothes, your tithe, etc.)
As a family, discuss some ideas to help others or something God may be asking you to sacrifice to give to missions, etc. Write them down and share them with each other, or let your small children draw a picture to illustrate what they could do.
4. Prayer Focus
Pray that God will help you to sacrifice and “Give What you Have” to help others!