Life in God's Kingdom

Family Equipping Guide

Family Faith Talk Guide

Here is a sample Family Faith Talk Guide you can use to create your own:

“Be Together” asks each family member to bring a specific object to talk about and provides a beginning point for discussion

“Think Together” provides one paragraph that connects with the message from the previous Sunday, as well as specific thought for each age-group

“Listen Together” is a brief Scripture reading with three discussion questions

“Go Together” provides a faith walk idea to reinforce the central truth throughout the week, “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut.6:7 ESV)

-Family Ministry Field Guide, by Timothy Paul Jones

Sample Guide

Kingdom Wisdom:  Wise or Foolish?
Wk 14 Message Matthew 7:24-29

Be Together

Have each person bring a rock. Talk about why you chose the rock and the characteristics of your rock.

Think Together

If someone is wise, they make good and right decisions.  A wise person has a sense of good judgement.  They seek truth from God to make choices.  A wise person will seek counsel from other wise people.

If someone is foolish, they make wrong and poor choices.  A foolish person does not have good judgement.  They do not seek after God’s truth to make choices.  A foolish person will only do what they think is best.

We as believers, are given a way to be wise! James 1:5 says, “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it.  He will give it to you.  God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault.”

For Kids, teach them to Stop and Think-when your child is making a choice, train them to stop and think about what would be the best choice.

For Teenagers, talk about different situations they may face and what the wise choices would be in those situations.

Listen Together

Read Matthew 7:24-29.  In this life, we know that we will have hard times.  Those who build their lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ will last.  We should labor and strive together of faith to be “doers” of the Word.

Talk together about what it means to build your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.

Go Together

Place your rocks together in a special spot. These rocks will serve as a reminder of building our life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.  Spend time in prayer over your family, asking God for wisdom in your lives. 

Fall Family Activities

Fall can be a busy time with school starting, sports and many other activities. Make it a point to choose a date on the calendar for Family Time. This can be an all-day adventure, or carve out a couple of hours to reconnect as a family.

Here are just a few ways you could spend your time together:

take a walk or bike ride, or play a round of mini-golf

plan a family game night or play hide & seek with glow sticks

make a meal together or learn how to make applesauce

visit an orchard or pumpkin patch

Podcast Episodes for Kids

The Lord's Prayer (1 of 2)

Jesus taught us how to pray!

Ask your child “What is the best way to pray?”  This will help you know what your child may or may not understand about prayer.

Tell your child they can Pray:

  • Whenever    [ any time of day ]
  • Wherever     [ bedroom, school, church, playground…]
  • However      [ standing, sitting, aloud, silently, arms raised…]
  • Whatever     [ pray about anything and everything ]

You are never too young to pray.  God wants to hear from you!.  In fact he tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray without ceasing.” God wants you to talk to Him often, just like you would a family member or friend.  And, you can talk with Him about anything!

Jesus showed us how to pray to God.  Read Matthew 6:9-13 together.

The Lord's Prayer (2 of 2)

9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Praise:  God is our Creator and deserving of our praise. What words can you think of that Praise God or describe Him?

10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Power:  God is in control of everything.  What He wants to be done on Earth, will be done just like it is in Heaven

11 Give us this day our daily bread,

Requests: God is our Provider and we can ask Him for anything God knows what you want and need, but he desires to hear from you!

12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Forgiveness: God is merciful and will forgive you of your sins if you ask.  But, you must first forgive others who have wronged you.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

Strength:  God can help to keep you from making bad choices. He can rescue you from your sin and help you to resist evil things.

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