Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
Every human has an innate desire to find purpose in life. People go about that search in different ways, but ultimately, there’s only one fulfilling solution – serving the purpose you were created for. Serving God.
Psalm 100:2-3 [ESV] “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
Understanding our purpose starts with understanding our origin. We are God’s creation- He’s the one who determined our purpose, and He designed us for it specifically.
Q. Have you ever wondered what your purpose was in life?
Q. When (if) you wondered that, did it feel like something you needed to discover, to remember, or to create?
Q. How do you think someone with a secular evolutionary belief would view the quest for purpose?
Psalm 100:4-5 [ESV] “Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good…”
Your purpose in life is to serve the Lord, to acknowledge Him as a creator and benefactor, and to praise Him – not only with our words, but with our lifestyle. Trying to substitute any other purpose will be unfulfilling in the long run.
Q. What are some alternative purposes people substitute in place of serving God?
Q. What are a few examples of how functioning in your true purpose (serving God) might bring more fulfillment in your life?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for creating you for a purpose. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you stay focused on Him, living life with Him infused in every part.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
The kids experienced wacky science experiments is Overflow Kids Church this week, all designed to demonstrate Biblical truths. Take a few minutes to discuss the what they learned.
Q. What was your favorite experiment? Did you learn any scientific facts? What interesting things did you see at the science fair?
2. Bible Reading
These are some of the experiments that were used in the children’s service, and the Biblical points they demonstrated:
Tornado Tubes: We created tornadoes in 2 liter bottles of water.
Big Idea: God will bring me through any storm.
Psalm 46:1 (ESV) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Q. What are some times that you feel afraid?
Q. What should we do when we are scared?
Q. How should we pray?
The acetone ate through the styrofoam: It really dissolved when placed in acetone.
Big Idea: God makes my sins disappear.
1 John 1:9 (ESV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Q. Do you think it disappoints God when we disobey Him and sin? What are some examples of sin?
Q. What happens to us when we ask Jesus into our hearts and ask for forgiveness for our sins?
4. Prayer Focus
Pray that God would help your children find God in their everyday experiences. Through struggles and victories we can praise God for the things and people around us.