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Transcript of FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE - .NET Framework

What is a Family Discipleship Guide?
In additional to all the responsibilities of raising children, God has commanded parents to continue growing in their faith and to intentionally pass it on to the next generation. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says:
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
In this passage, God gave the Israelites, and us, a model for family discipleship that uses the rhythm of life to pass faith on to our children. The Family Discipleship Guide is a resource from Fellowship Kids designed to help parents leverage everyday moments to spark Gospel-centered conversations with kids of any age.
How do I use the Family Discipleship Guide?
Each page of the guide is one week’s worth of discipleship content for the whole family. The weekly page follows the lesson taught on Sunday morning in Fellowship Kids and contains: a devotional, additional discussion questions, and a family activity.
You may choose to spread the content out over the week or use the entire page for a special family devotional one night a week.
For each unit, the guide also provides a Scripture verse and Big Picture Question for the family to review and memorize. Some Scriptures throughout the guide are divided to make it easier for preschoolers or younger children to memorize. Those shorter versions will be in bold print for you. Throughout the guide, you will also find pages to help the family get to know some of Fellowship’s Missionary Partners and pray for their ministry.
W E E K 1 God Created the World ..................................... W E E K 2 God Created People .......................................... W E E K 3 Sin Entered the World ........................................ Missionary Partner Page .................................. W E E K 4 Noah and the Ark ................................................ W E E K 5 The Tower of Babel ............................................ W E E K 6 The Suffering of Job ..........................................
W E E K 7 God’s Covenant with Abraham ........................ W E E K 8 Abraham and Isaac ............................................ Missionary Partner Page ................................... W E E K 9 Isaac and Rebekah ............................................. W E E K 1 0 God’s Promise to Isaac ......................................
W E E K 1 1 Jacob and Esau ................................................... W E E K 1 2 Jacob and Rachel ............................................... W E E K 1 3 Jacob’s New Name ............................................ Family Thanksgiving Activity ...........................
AU G 2 6 S E P T 2 S E P T 9 S E P T 1 6 S E P T 2 3 S E P T 3 0
O C T 7 O C T 1 4
O C T 2 1 O C T 2 8
N O V 4 N O V 1 1 N O V 1 8 N O V 2 5
Unit One G O D C R E A T E D E V E R Y T H I N G
Key Passage All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16b-17 NIV
Big Picture Question Who is God? Answer: God is our Creator and King
Unit One Description In the beginning, God created everything for His glory. He made people in His image. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God revealed His plan to bring people back to Himself through a descendent—His own Son.
Family Bible Reading Genesis 1:1-25
Family Devotional Did you know that the largest animal that ever lived is the Blue Whale? Its body weight is heavier than even the largest dinosaur ever discovered! The Blue Whale is enormous—measuring up to 110 feet long and weighing over 200 tons! It would take 2,200 pounds of food to fill a blue whale’s stomach, and they can eat more than 3 ½ times a day! That’s more than 8,000 pounds of food. Imagine that grocery bill!
As you think about God’s creation, the blue whale is a magnificent example of just how amazing God is. These giant creatures are living proof that our God is BIG—even bigger than the blue whale! Genesis 1 tells us that He created everything out of nothing and it was good. Take a moment to praise God for the wonderful world He has created. Thank Him for helping us to know more about Him through the things HE has made. Every part of creation exists to bring glory to God!
Family Activity Take some time this week to go on a nature walk through your neighborhood or a local park. As you spend time outdoors, talk as a family about all the things God created and how those things display God’s awesomeness. Take a moment to read Colossians 1:16b-17 and thank God for His Son, Jesus, who is the Lord over all of Creation!
Discussion Questions 1. Why do you think God created everything?
2. Can we create something out of nothing like God? What does this teach us about our relationship with God?
3. God created everything by speaking the words. What does this show us about God’s power?
4. What do you think it means that everything was created for Jesus? (Hint: If all of creation was a display of God’s power and goodness, then Jesus is an even greater revelation of this goodness and power!)
5. Ask each family member to tell about their favorite part of Creation and why he/she enjoys it so much. As a family, discuss how that part of Creation might teach us about God and His character.
Week One G O D C R E A T E D T H E W O R L D
Key Passage All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16b-17 NIV
Big Picture Question Who is God? Answer: God is our Creator and King
Family Bible Reading GENESIS 1:26-31
Family Devotional As a young girl, Amy Carmichael consistently asked God to change her brown eyes to blue. Her brother had blue eyes, and she wished that her eyes were blue. She would pray and ask God to make that change to her appearance, but it never happened.
As an adult, Amy Carmichael became a missionary who spread the Gospel in India for 55 years. She colored her skin with coffee so that she would have the appearance of the natives and be accepted in their culture. This helped her to gain their trust and tell them about Jesus Christ. One day, one of the Christian Indians said, “it’s a good thing that your eyes are brown. If they were any other color, the people of India would not trust you or listen to you. If they were blue, you would be arrested at once, and your work here would be ended.”
She realized that God had uniquely created her for a special purpose. As much as she wanted to look different and be different, God had made her according to the plans that He had for her life. There may be times when we wish we could change something about our physical appearance or our abilities, but God’s Word reminds us in Psalm 139:14 that we are wonderfully created for the purposes and plans that God has for us.
Family Activity Read Psalm 139:14 for the family. Discuss what it means to be “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Take turns giving compliments to other family members and how God has created them to reflect His beauty and His goodness. The compliments may focus on physical attributes but encourage family members to think of the way God has designed each person with unique talents, gifts, and interests that can be used for His glory.
Discussion Questions 1. What does it mean to be made “in the image of God”?
2. How did God make us like Him? How are we different from God?
3. If everyone is created in God’s image, how should we treat others?
4. What are some of the ways God has demonstrated His love for us?
Week Two G O D C R E A T E D P E O P L E
Key Passage All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16b-17 NIV
Big Picture Question Who is God? Answer: God is our Creator and King
Family Bible Reading GENESIS 2:16-17; 3:1-23
Family Devotional Did you know that it is against the law for anyone to walk their cow down Main Street after 1:00 pm on a Sunday? There is also a law in our state that says alligators cannot be kept in your bathtub! Where then am I supposed to keep my alligators?
These are real laws, but they’re obviously very silly rules that aren’t really necessary. When God gave Adam and Eve the rule to not eat the fruit of one tree, it wasn’t just a silly rule. God gave that rule so that Adam and Eve could continue to enjoy an amazing relationship with Him. When they broke that rule, their sin broke their relationship with God. And ever since then, all people have been sinners who are separated from God.
But God still loves us! Romans 5:8 tells us that God has demonstrated this love by sending Jesus, just as He promised, to rescue people from sin and bring them back to God! Through faith in Jesus, we can once again have the amazing relationship with God that will last forever and ever.
Family Activity Make a list of your family rules. Spend some time talking about each rule and how it is for the good of the family. Talk about what consequences might result from breaking these family rules. Make sure kids understand that God’s rules are for our good and our joy. Assign a family member to read Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23. Talk about how our disobedience—sin—separates us from God and breaks the relationship He wants to have with us. Read Romans 5:8 for the family. Make sure kids understand how much God loves us and how he demonstrated this love by sending Jesus to be the One who rescues us from our sin.
Discussion Questions 1. How did the serpent trick Eve? Do you think Satan still tries to use this same trick?
2. How did sin change the world? What are some ways that we see the effects of sin in and around us?
3. How did God show His love for us even when we were sinners? (Romans 5:8)
4. What did God do to save sinners? How does it feel to know that God would do that for even just one sinner?
Week Three S I N E N T E R E D T H E W O R L D
Key Passage All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16b-17 NIV
Big Picture Question Who is God? Answer: God is our Creator and King
Where do you live? We live in an apartment in the center of Rome.
Where do you attend school? I attend a public Italian school. I go to school from 8:20 am to 1:20 pm and eat lunch at home. We eat a late lunch. Then one day a week I go to school until 4:20 pm and eat lunch at school. I will be in 4th grade next year at a new school. Please pray for me to make new friends.
What are some of the chores you have to help your family? My chores are setting the table, cleaning the table and sweeping the floor after meals, and folding towels.
What is your favorite food and favorite dessert? My favorite food is pizza. My favorite dessert is stracciatella gelato, which is kind of like chocolate chip ice cream.
What do you like to do for fun? For fun, I like to go roller blading, to the beach, to my friends’ houses and to get gelato.
Where do you attend church? Our church, Breccia di Roma, has a Sunday afternoon service. There is no Sunday school but in the beginning of the service we have something called “primi passi” (first steps). It is like a small bible lesson for children built into our service. The children stay with their parents in service.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? If I could choose to visit anywhere in the world, I would choose France. I want to see the Eiffel Tower someday and maybe learn how to speak French.
What is your favorite part about being a missionary? My favorite part about being a missionary is serving God, telling people about Jesus, and growing up in a different culture.
DID YOU KNOW ... Pizza, at least the kind we
know with tomato sauce and mozzarella, was invented in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito, a baker in
Naples, Italy. He cooked a special pizza with mozzarella, fresh
tomatoes, and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag and honor Queen Margherita. She
enjoyed the pizza, and so modern pizza was created! To that we
say…‘Thank you, Raffaele!’
To help us get to know the Kannard family, we asked Lila to share about her life as a missionary in Italy:
R O M E , I T A LY The Kannard Family
PARENTS: Clay & Lauren KIDS: Caiden (15), Ava (12), Lila (9), Kian (2)
PRAY FOR THE KANNARD FAMILY Pray for the Kannard family as they continue to share the love of Jesus with the people of Rome, Italy. Pray for Lila and her siblings as they move to a new school and meet new friends. Ask God to help the people of Italy know Jesus and believe in Him as Lord of all creation!
Family Bible Reading GENESIS 6:9-22
Family Devotional When God asked Noah to build an Ark, it had to be a pretty odd request. First of all, it wasn’t even raining yet. Second, why would God want Noah to bring 2 of each kind of animal onto the Ark? Why not just Noah’s family? But what Noah didn’t know was that God was ready to send out His punishment for sin that had spread across the whole Earth. Everything had been infected by sin, and therefore everything would be destroyed. Everything except Noah, his family, and the animals inside the Ark.
Because they were inside the Ark, they were saved from the flood. God showed His overwhelming love and kindness by giving them this way to be saved from the punishment of sin. The story of Noah, like every page of the Bible, actually points us to Jesus. God has shown us the same overwhelming love by sending Jesus to save us from our sin. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” We can escape God’s judgement against sin only through faith in Jesus Christ. Like Noah and his family found safety inside the Ark, we find our hope and salvation in Jesus! By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.
Family Activity If you have younger children, take some time coloring rainbows on sheets of paper. Post the rainbows all throughout the house as reminders this week of God’s promises to us—especially His fulfilled promise to send Jesus as the Savior!
If you have older children, follow online directions ( for making an origami boat or a boat from other craft supplies. Take the boat to a pond or use your bathtub to test its floating ability. As you build the boat and test it out, have a conversation with kids about the story of Noah. Try to help kids understand why God punishes sin and how He has lovingly made a way—like the Ark for Noah—through Jesus for us to be saved.
Discussion Questions 1. Why did God send a flood? What does this teach us about sin?
2. Why did God rescue Noah from the flood? Did Noah do something to deserve being rescued?
3. How does the story of Noah and the Ark point us to Jesus? How is Jesus an even greater rescuer?
4. How can we be saved from sin?
5. For Older Kids: If Jesus saves us from the punishment our sin deserves, why do we still experience pain and suffering? How should we handle this suffering? (For help, read Romans 8:18-39)
Week Four N O A H A N D T H E A R K
Key Passage All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16b-17 NIV
Big Picture Question Who is God? Answer: God is our Creator and King
Family Bible Reading GENESIS 11:1-9
Family Devotional After the flood, God told Noah and his family to “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the whole earth” (Genesis 9:1). As the number of people on the earth grew and grew, they disobeyed God’s command to spread and fill the whole earth. Instead, they clumped together and decided to build towers to show how great they were!
The people of Babel seemed to be accomplishing some amazing things. But these accomplishments were actually signs of how sinful their hearts had become. People chose to give glory to themselves instead of God. They ignored God’s plan, so God confused their language and scattered the people all over the earth. This was a reminder that God is greater than anyone and that He created us to give Him all the glory. And one day, Jesus will gather together all of God’s people—from every tribe and people who speak all kinds of languages—and they will worship Him together! (Revelation 7:9-10)
Family Activity Use a translation app, like Google Translate, to help your family learn some different languages. Have some fun saying common phrases in English and allowing the app to translate into other languages. Talk about how this story from Genesis 11 is the account for how the world received so many people groups and languages. Discuss how this division came as a result of sin, but how God’s plan still includes a time when every tribe and language will worship Jesus as Lord. Use the translation app to learn the phrase “Jesus is Lord” in other languages. End the conversation by…