Think About It!
When it seems like everything is changing or shaken up in a way you weren’t expecting, it’s important to go back to the foundation. Back to what you know is true. Back to who you know you are. Back to who you know God is. As we move forward in a new year, with all that happened in 2020 still heavy on our minds and hearts, let’s remind ourselves of our foundation––who God is and who we are as a result.
Talk About It!
1. Simply responding to Jesus
- How do tall trees keep from falling over in a storm? Large trees and skyscrapers both need deep roots and foundations in order to stand tall. If a foundation isn’t strong trees and buildings will fall in the wind. In the same way, our foundation in who Jesus is and what the Bible says determines how well we grow. That foundation is usually unseen and uncelebrated, but it is what keeps us upright.
- What does it mean to “respond”? To respond means to choose what we are going to do or say when something happens. The “something” that has happened is that Jesus loves us. So what are we going to say and do about it? When we live our lives this way, our surroundings and circumstances don’t shake us.
2. Because Jesus is real
- How are we supposed to figure out who we are? God made each of us to be someone unique and special. If we want to know who we are, we can go straight to our Creator, and ask him to reveal what he had in mind when he made us.
- What is the best to figure out who Jesus is? The best way to find out who someone is is by spending time with them. As we spend time with Jesus, asking him to show us what he has in mind, he guides us toward the good plans he has in the works and shows us what we should do.
3. We are a family of faith, fully engaged
- Do you have any special jobs in your family? Maybe your job is feeding the dog or taking out the trash, or taking care of your siblings. God doesn’t want all of us to do everything, he wants all of us to do what he’s asking us to.
- Did you know that God’s got a special job for you? We’re all a family when we believe in Jesus. The simple act of becoming God’s children, connects us, and as we draw closer to Christ, we also draw closer to each other. Part of being a family is that we are all just that–a part, and none of us are the whole package.
4. Transforming our community and our world
- Why do you think Jesus said that we should be like salt and light? Jesus calls his followers the salt and light of the world. Salt brings out the flavors of food. And even just a pinprick of light transforms the darkness. We bring flavor and illumination to our community and our world.
- How can we invite people to be part of Jesus’ family? When we get involved in the work of God’s kingdom, we give other people an opportunity to receive Jesus’ restoration in their lives as well. Salvation is an invitation to redemption, restoration, and a global family.
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?