Think About It!
Everyone’s got a dad, but unfortunately not everyone has a good one. Alongside the crises we’re already facing in 2020, we see the crisis of prevalent fatherlessness in western society and a world that is all too familiar with toxic masculinity, apart from the redemption Jesus offers men and women alike. On this Father’s Day, experience the hope offered us by our Heavenly Father –– hope for our eternal salvation, and also for true healing and redemption in our lives and relationships today.
Talk About It!
1. Great fathers are saved
- If you had all the money and time in the world, what gifts would you give to your family? When we love someone, it’s fun to pick out or spend time making the perfect gift! Showing people that kind of love is fun because that’s what Jesus did for us.
- What are some of the gifts that Jesus has given us? Jesus gave us the best gift ever! The gift of “grace.” Grace is the forgiveness and kindness of God, the knowledge that he is smiling on us. He gave us that when we didn’t deserve it. The best gift that we can give someone is kindness, forgiveness, and a smile, even when they don’t deserve it.
- How can you give your friends and family “grace” this week? Showing grace to our friends and families can be really hard. In fact, we can’t do it at all without Jesus’ help! The best way to show people grace is to ask Jesus to show us how.
2. Great fathers are sanctified
- Have you ever asked for something and had your mom or dad say no? What did you do? Your parents are doing a good job to keep you safe, and sometimes, that means that they have to say “no.” When what you want is different than what your parents want, it can be hard for everyone. When that happens, you need to trust that they are doing what is best for us.
- Have you ever asked God for something, and not gotten it? What did you do? Sometimes what we want is different than what God wants. Sometimes what we want is good, but God wants something better. Other times, what we want is bad. He tells us no to keep us safe from the bad things we want.
- Why is it hard to want what God wants? When our wants don’t match what God wants, we need to trust him. If we’re going to become more like him, and show his grace to other people, we need to love what He loves. This means that we need to let him teach us to want what he wants, even if it doesn’t make sense.
3. Great fathers are smart
- Why is it important that we become more like Jesus? Jesus was the most loving, the most joyful, and the most generous person to ever live. Becoming more like him is the best gift we can give our friends and family. But that’s not all! We want to become more like him, because we’re getting ready for the day that he will come back for us.
- How can we get ready for Jesus to come back for us? Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” We don’t know how long we have on this earth. So we need to spend each day, talking to Jesus, becoming more like him, and telling other people about him.
- If Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what would you do today? We don’t always know the best way to spend our time. That’s why we need to go to Jesus and ask him, “Lord, what should we do today?” He wants to show us what is important to him.
4. Great fathers simply respond to Jesus
- Do you treat your parents and siblings with grace? Do you show them kindness and a smile even when they don’t deserve it? The Bible tells us in John 13 and that people will know that we are his disciples by the way that we love each other. When we love our families, the world notices that there is something different about us. That something different is Jesus!
- How can you show grace to your family this week? All of us have different ways that we can show kindness and love to our families. Maybe we can use more kind words or share what we have or do something nice without being asked.
- Did you know that Jesus wants you to help him change the world? It’s true! Jesus treated everyone with kindness, and when we do the same, it makes him smile. When we show his grace to people around us, we’re choosing to want what he wants and to do what he did. When we are more like Jesus, we’re part of the grace that changes the world!
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?