Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
When we decide to go all-in for God’s way of life, we may find that some relationships need to change – and others may need to end. The good news is, God’s design for us is community. Though we may experience lonely times walking God’s path, we also have the opportunity for wonderful friendships to grow along the way.
Romans 12:2 [ESV] “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”
2. Bible Verse
1 Corinthians 15:33 [NIV] “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”
Luke 14:26 [NLT] “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life.”
Sometimes, when we change our life, our old friends don’t want to be around us anymore. Sometimes, in order to step toward God, we need to remove ourselves from the influence of friends who are living the old way.
Q. Who are the main influences in your personal life?
Q. For each, consider: are they pushing you toward God and His ways, or pulling you away from Him?
Q. Which influences do you need to limit your exposure to?
Matthew 12:48-50 [NLT] “Jesus asked, ‘Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?’ Then he pointed to his disciples and said, ‘Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!’”
Mark 10:29-30 [GWT] “Jesus said, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields because of me and the Good News will certainly receive a hundred times as much here in this life.’”
God’s desire isn’t to make you lonely, it’s to fill your life with the community of friendship that is found in the church.
Q. Who are the positive influences in your life, the ones who push you toward God?
Q. How might your Christian life change if you had more positive-influence relationships?
Q. What’s something tangible you could do this week to cultivate the right kinds of friendships in your life?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for the positive influences in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and courage to change, end, or cultivate the relationships you need to fully live your life for Him.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
1 Chronicles 16:8 “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness…”
Watts Up: “I Will Be Thankful Every Single Day!”
Jesus asked many questions, and from those questions and His teachings we can learn about how to live our lives. This week’s lesson is important to help us live a life of gratitude!
2. Bible Reading
Read: Luke 17:11-19
Jesus Heals Ten Men Who Have a Skin Disease
11 Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men met him. They had a skin disease. They were standing close by. 13 And they called out in a loud voice, “Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!”
14 Jesus saw them and said, “Go. Show yourselves to the priests.” While they were on the way, they were healed.
15 When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Weren’t all ten healed? Where are the other nine? 18 Didn’t anyone else return and give praise to God except this outsider?” 19 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
Q. What was wrong with the men who stopped to meet Jesus?
Q. What did they want from Jesus?
Q. How many came back to thank Jesus?
Q. What was Jesus’ response?
Ten men came to Jesus that day. Ten men had leprosy. Even though all ten men were healed, only one of them came back to thank Him. Can you believe that? How could only one person come to thank Jesus for what He had done?
Q. Have you ever had something amazing happen in your life that you forgot to thank Jesus for?
Q. Why do you think it is so easy for us to forget to take the time to thank Him? (We get busy, we forget Jesus is the source of everything, etc.)
Q. What can we do to help remember to thank Jesus for everything we receive?
4. Prayer Focus
Spend time as a family listing, making a chart, or coming up with a fun way to demonstrate all the things you are grateful for that God has given you. When you are finished, pray together and thank Him for all He has done for you!