New life in Christ is something we celebrate, but what effects should that change have in our day to day life? We can take a few cues from Jesus’ example.
Luke 6:12 [ESV] “…he (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.”
A new life is a spiritual one, one that keeps us in communion with God. Jesus knew His time on earth was limited, but He didn’t let that sense of urgency keep Him from spending the time He needed to in prayer.
Prayer takes time. What’s the biggest competition for your prayer time?
What are some ways you could help (or force) yourself to take more time for prayer and worship?
Luke 6:13 [ESV] “And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles…”
A new life is a relational one. The God-life was never meant to be done alone. Jesus recruited the twelve not only to help and support Him, but so that He could invest in them and prepare them for ministry.
List 3 or 4 aspects of the God-life – things God expects of every believer once they’re saved. Which of these would benefit from being in community with other Christians? Get specific, how would relationships help?
What’s one or more ways that God has specifically called you to minister (serve Him by sharing and showing the gospel)? How would your ability to fulfill God’s assignment benefit from being in relationship with others? Be specific, and write it down. Are you really giving God your best if you don’t invest in relationships to gain these benefits?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes to thank God for the new life He’s given you. Commit to using your time and relationships to maximize your effectiveness for Him.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
Don’t Miss the Boat!
1. Power Verse
Genesis 7:5 “And Noah obeyed all that God commanded him.”
What’s Up: “Stick With God And You Won’t Miss The Boat!”
This week, we continue the series called, “NOAH: Surviving The Storms of Life”. In this lesson, we learn that when we follow God and obey His commands, we will find miracles taking place in our own lives.
Genesis 6:9-22 Noah was a godly man. He walked faithfully with God. Noah had three sons. The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of people who did mean and harmful things. God saw how sinful the earth had become. All its people were living very sinful lives. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to everyone. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. I am certainly going to destroy them and the earth. So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Cover it with tar inside and out. The ark has to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it. Put a door in one side of the ark. I am going to bring a flood on the earth. It will destroy all life under the sky. But I will make my covenant with you. You will go into the ark. Your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives will enter it with you. Bring a male and a female of every living thing into the ark. They will be kept alive with you. Two of every kind of bird will come to you. Two of every kind of animal will also come to you. And so will two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground. All of them will be kept alive with you. Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away as food for you and them.” Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
- What did God say He was going to send to the earth? Why?
Do you think it was hard for Noah to believe a flood was going to happen?
Did he still obey God?
It wasn’t easy for Noah and his family to trust God and believe that there was actually going to be a flood that would destroy the whole Earth. It had never flooded like that before. But despite the difficulty, Noah and his family obeyed. They were saved from the flood and delivered from complete annihilation.
Have you ever felt like God wanted you to do something that was hard? Obeying God can be hard – especially when we are going through a hard time in life. But when we obey, He keeps us safe.
4. Prayer Focus
Pray with your child if they are currently facing a storm in their life. Pray that now and in the future they would find safety in their Comforter and God would provide a miracle.