Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
“How long is this going to take?” All of us have asked that or thought that more times than we can count. In a world governed by time and prioritized around pleasing one’s self, it’s easy to let impatience replace joy and turn us ungrateful. The only way to overcome that trap is to live full of the Holy Spirit.
2. Bible Verse
Ephesians 5:18 [GWT] “Don’t get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
Believing in God isn’t enough to produce heart change and life change – you have to live full of His Spirit, His directing influence. Without the Holy Spirit, we’ll never experience patience the way we need to.
Q. The conjugation of the original language means to be “being filled” on an ongoing basis. What are some ways you can invite the Holy Spirit into your day to day life?
Q. What’s one step you can take today to allow more access to the Holy Spirit’s direction and influence?
Galatians 5:22 [NLT] “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience…”
Patience is one of the things that should be evident to others when the Holy Spirit is filling your life. You don’t produce the patience – He produces it in you, which is why if you want to live with patience in your life, you have to keep Him in the driver’s seat.
Q. Have you tried to “be patient” on your own? How well did it work?
Q. What are some ways you think the Holy Spirit might work in you to develop patience?
Q. Fruit is a visible sign that differentiates one plant from another. When people see your life, can they tell by your patience that the Holy Spirit is living in you? Have you seen that type of patience in others?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for being patient with you. Ask the Holy Spirit to produce patience in your life by giving you His perspective.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.”
Watts Up: “To Be A Healthy Christian, I’ll Stay Away From Sin!”
In our series, “Soul Food,” we learn that separation is one of the key ingredients for a healthy Christian life. Have you ever known someone who claims to be a Christian, but acts just like the world? They go to church, give in the offering, worship God, but then they act a totally different way when they are away from church? In our Bible Story, we learn from the story of Ananias and Sapphira how we should NOT be hypocrites. We learn that we must live lives that are separated unto God!
2. Bible Reading
Read: Acts 5:1-11
Ananias and Sapphira
5 A man named Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, also sold some land. 2 He kept part of the money for himself. Sapphira knew he had kept it. He brought the rest of it and put it down at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why did you let Satan fill your heart? He made you lie to the Holy Spirit. You have kept some of the money you received for the land. 4 Didn’t the land belong to you before it was sold? After it was sold, you could have used the money as you wished. What made you think of doing such a thing? You haven’t lied just to people. You’ve also lied to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. All who heard what had happened were filled with fear. 6 Some young men came and wrapped up his body. They carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later, the wife of Ananias came in. She didn’t know what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me. Is this the price you and Ananias sold the land for?”
“Yes,” she said. “That’s the price.”
9 Peter asked her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! You can hear the steps of the men who buried your husband. They are at the door. They will carry you out also.”
10 At that moment she fell down at Peter’s feet and died. Then the young men came in. They saw that Sapphira was dead. So they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 The whole church and all who heard about these things were filled with fear.
Q. What did they decide to do with all of the money from selling their land?
Q. What did Ananias tell the Apostle Peter?
Q. How did Peter respond?
Q. What happened to Ananias?
Q. What happened to Sapphira?
Ananias and Sapphira are great examples of hypocrites. Today, there are lots of people that claim to be Christians, but in reality, are hypocrites. They say they belong to Jesus, but they don’t act like it. Their words, actions, and attitudes are no different than those who are not following Jesus. Sadly, when lost people look at those hypocrites, they think THAT is the way all Christians act. As a result, they want nothing to do with Jesus. When we become followers of Jesus, we must separate ourselves from the things of this world and be and act more like Jesus every day!
Q. What are some ways you should be careful to separate yourself from the things of this world?
Q. What can you do to make sure you never become a hypocrite?
4. Prayer Focus
Pray that your children will live lives that are separated from the world and that their words and actions will set them apart from those who don’t know Jesus.