Family Discipleship for Sunday, October 18

October Theme:

October Memory Verse:
“Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.” Proverbs 10:9

Since the very beginning, not only has God been true to His word but He’s been faithful in His character. Because we know that God is good, we can live life with integrity. When Jesus lived on earth, He lived a perfect life that we were unable to live. Through His Spirit, we can become people of integrity. Who we are in private should match who we are in public. When we trust in God, we can be truthful in whatever we say and do.

Today’s Bottom line is when we’re not truthful, you lose trust.

We will hear the story of the friendship of Elijah and Elisha from 1 Kings 19:14-21 and 2 Kings 2:1-15. Read the together as a family!

Worship & Story Video:

Family discussion and prayer

Say: When we mess up, make bad choices, and hurt other people, we sometimes try to hide that from everyone, even God. But it’s like these wrapped packages. God knows everything about us—even the things we’ve done wrong or want to hide. God knows anyway; there is no hiding anything from Him.

Ask: If you’ve done something wrong, or you know you’ve messed up, who are you most likely to talk to about it? Why?

Ask: How does it feel when you’ve done something wrong and you haven’t told anyone or even talked to God about it?

Say: The amazing thing is that God loves us even when we mess up! He forgives us when we tell Him what’s wrong or how we’ve messed up. You don’t have to try to hide the things you’ve done wrong from God. He is waiting to forgive you and help you make things right. [Bottom Line] Being truthful with God keeps you close to Him.” This would be a great place to talk to your child about ABIDING in Christ, staying connected to Him.

Say: [Make It Personal] (Share a time when you were worried about being forgiven. Try to keep it relatable—losing something you’d borrowed from a friend, lying to your parents to avoid consequences, missing a deadline at work, etc. Emphasize how you felt after you’d made the wrong choice, and how you felt before you “came clean” to God or other people or both.)

Pray: Dear God, thank You for always forgiving us when we ask, and for being ready to help us make things right again. Please help us be honest with You, with ourselves, and with others, when we need to be forgiven. Amen.Say: When you think about it, even IF Gehazi had gotten away with his deception, all he would have gained were some new clothes and some pieces of silver. But it wasn’t worth it! Not only did he end up with the same terrible skin disease that Naaman once had, but even worse, he lost Elisha’s trust! Because [Bottom Line] when you’re not truthful, you lose trust.

Ask: In what kinds of situations are you tempted to lie?

Ask: Have you been lied to before? How did it make you feel?

Ask: Who can we always trust?

Ask: In John 4 it says that Jesus did not entrust His heart to the crowd. In other words, Jesus put His trust in God. How can you put your trust in God?

Say: Because God is always trustworthy, He wants us to be truthful so others can trust us, too. So this week, when you find yourself moving toward saying or doing something that isn’t truthful, think about how your actions might lead others not to trust you. In that moment, ask God to help you do the right thing, the WISE thing, and be honest. When you choose integrity, being truthful in what you say and do, you protect your relationships and build trust.

Make it Personal: (Tell your few about a time when you were a kid and someone lied to you about something and you found out the truth. How did it affect your relationship? Once that trust was broken, how hard was it to trust that person again? Or tell them about when you broke trust with someone else and had to work to rebuild that trust.)

Pray: Dear God, thank You for always being truthful. (Kids repeat.) Help me to be truthful (kids repeat), in all I say and do. (Kids repeat.) So others will trust me. (Kids repeat.) Amen.

Something Fun to Do:
What You Need: Quarters, (optional) paper plates
What You Do:

  • Show kids how to spin a quarter on its edge.
  • Use the paper plates if you don’t have a smooth surface in your small group area.
  • After kids have had a chance to practice for a while, ask them to lay their quarters flat.

What You Say: These quarters spin because they are perfectly balanced—no side is heavier than the other. The quarter is balanced by the even force of your fingers on the balanced coin along the even surface of the table. If one of these was out of balance—the table was bumpy, you spun one finger too fast, or the coin was damaged in some way—it would not spin. If you tell just one lie, or cheat on just one test, or act two-faced around just one friend, you can end up out of balance, and [Bottom Line] when you’re not truthful, you lose trust. Let’s pray that God will help us keep our lives balanced on integrity and following Him.

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