Happiness=Great Relationships

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Humans are designed with a need for intimacy. Just like your body needs food, water and sleep, you need intimate human relationships to be fully functional and fulfilled.

1. Read

Genesis 2:18 [NLT] “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”’

You’re not complete by yourself. God made you that way. Even though Adam was fully connected to God, he still needed human interaction by design. As a result, isolation is bad for your body and your mind.

  • Think of a time in your life when you felt isolated (maybe after a major life change, or in a transitional age or season). How did it affect you physically and emotionally?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how emotionally connected do you feel right now? Is that number higher or lower now than it used to be? Why do you think that is?

2. Challenge

James 5:16 [NLT] “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

Church is by nature a relational thing. God’s design is set up to help fill your need for intimacy. When you invest the time and energy, and risk being vulnerable and honest with someone, you gain the reward of a deep relationship… and so do they.

  • Who is the person (or persons) in your life you can be most transparent with?
  • If you suddenly gained another few close relationships, how would that affect your life? How would it affect the lives of those new friends?
  • Intimacy is something you initiate. What steps could you take this week to start to build the kind of deep relationships you have a designed need for?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes to pray, and thank God for the intimate relationships that have been a part of your life so far. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you build deep, meaningful friendships with people – not only for your benefit, but for theirs.

Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

New Strength

1. Power Verse

Psalm 23:3 “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”

What’s Up: “When I Am Weak, God Makes Me Strong!” This week we continue our series looking at the 23rd Psalm. We will be reminded that when we are weak, God will renew our strength!

2. Read

Mark 2:1-12 When Jesus returned… the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’?  So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

3. Discussion

  • What was wrong with the man in the story?
  • What did His friends do for him?
  • What did Jesus do for this man?

Jesus healed the man in the story. He knew he was paralyzed and weak and Jesus made Him strong again. In the same way, when we are weak, God can make us strong.

  • Have you ever felt weak or worn out? 
  • What types of things have you worn out, right now?
  • What do you think God wants to do for you when you feel this way?

God wants to give you strength and help you so you can do more for Him and bring honor to His name. He doesn’t want you to struggle and be stressed. He wants you to be strong!

4. Prayer Focus

“He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” – Psalm 23:3 

Pray for each member of your family that they will have renewed strength so they can bring honor to His name!

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