Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
“Predestination” – the idea that God has already decided who to save – is a concept that has been debated by church leaders for nearly 1,000 years. Some Bible references seem to suggest this, but if we take a closer look, we’ll see a God who – while knowing the future – gives every person a choice to accept or reject His offer of salvation.
2. Bible Verse
God knows everything – not only the present, but the future.
Isaiah 46:9-10 [NLT] “…For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.”
No one can be saved unless God draws them.
John 6:44 [NLT] “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.”
God has called all people to repentance.
John 12:32 [NLT] “And I (Jesus), when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
God saves those He chose.
Ephesians 1:11-13 [NLT] “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan… And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.”
God chose us… because we believed. We didn’t believe because He made us, we believed because, through Jesus’ sacrifice, He enabled us to.
Q. God chose you, knowing in advance every time you’d make a mistake. How does that change how you view His grace?
Q. Does knowing this make you feel less or more accountable for what you choose to do in life?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for calling you to repentance. Ask Him to empower you to keep living the life you’ve been called to, and to share the good news with others.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
“Humble Yourself, And The Lord Will Lift You Up!”
One way you can put others first is by serving others. Let’s take time as a family and come up with ways together and individually we can serve people. (Use individual pieces of paper, poster board, markers, pens, etc. to make a list of ways you can serve others.)
2. Bible Verse
Luke 14:11 “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
This week, we continue our series “Say What?” by focusing on something that is hard for all of us to do: putting others before ourselves! Jesus wanted us to humble ourselves and always remember to put others first. In this week’s lesson, we learn some valuable lessons from Jesus’ life on how we can do that!
Start by Reading Luke 14:1-14.
14 One Sabbath day, Jesus went to eat in the house of a well-known Pharisee. While he was there, he was being carefully watched. 2 In front of him was a man whose body was badly swollen. 3 Jesus turned to the Pharisees and the authorities on the law. He asked them, “Is it breaking the Law to heal on the Sabbath day?” 4 But they remained silent. So Jesus took hold of the man and healed him. Then he sent him away.
5 He asked them another question. He said, “Suppose one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day. Wouldn’t you pull it out right away?” 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 Jesus noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table. So he told them a story. 8 He said, “Suppose someone invites you to a wedding feast. Do not take the place of honor. A person more important than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come to you. He will say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be filled with shame. You will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place. Then your host will come over to you. He will say, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 All those who lift themselves up will be made humble. And those who make themselves humble will be lifted up.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to his host. “Suppose you give a lunch or a dinner,” he said. “Do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, or your relatives, or your rich neighbors. If you do, they may invite you to eat with them. So you will be paid back. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite those who are poor. Also invite those who can’t see or walk. 14 Then you will be blessed. Your guests can’t pay you back. But you will be paid back when those who are right with God rise from the dead.”
Q. Did Jesus want the people to sit in the seat of honor?
Q. Why do you think He told them to give it up?
Q. What do you think it means, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves with be exalted,” based on this story?
Jesus was teaching it is important to not make yourself more important than others, but rather, put others first. Even the Pharisees in the story knew this was something hard to do. This has always been difficult for followers of Jesus!
Q. Do you think this is something easy for you to do? Why or Why not?
Q. When do you find it the hardest to not want to be #1?
Q. What is something you think you could do to help put others first?
4. Prayer Focus
Pray that God will help you as individuals and as a family to put others first and yourselves last!