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Week of May 3, 2020

Matters of the heart... as a family, learn how to live righteously Jesus' way!

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Passage for the Week

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

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Discussion Questions

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Discuss as a family:

  1. Share a time that someone hurt your feelings by speaking unkind words about you, by gossiping to others about you, by telling a lie about you or by walling you out.
    a. What happened, how did you feel, how did you respond?
    b. How was the situation resolved?  
  1. Share a time that you knew you were wrong as you spoke unkind words, gossiped about others, told a lie about someone or walled someone out.
    a. Did you, or are you still feeling guilty for the part you played in hurting that person?
    b. Did you ask God for forgiveness? Did you ask the person you affected for forgiveness?  
  1. Share a time when you said someone else made you angry. Remember that our circumstances don’t create our behavior, circumstances reveal what is going on in our hearts. What was really going on in your heart in that situation?

Pray

Ask for God’s help to:

  • Realize how you are mistreating others
  • Seek forgiveness from God and those you’ve hurt
  • Change your heart to be righteous from the inside out
  • Change how you treat others
  • Use your words and actions to build strong relationships
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Memory Verse

37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

Family Action Steps

Ask for forgiveness, if you have hurt or offended someone and you know you have hurt that person. Do this with sincerity from your heart. Ask God to give you the courage to make amends.  

One way to do this is to use the “Seven A’s of a Biblical Confession" (Relational Wisdom 360)

  1. Address everyone involved (all those whom you affected)
  1. Avoid if, but, and maybe (do not try to excuse your wrongs)
  1. Admit specifically (both attitudes and actions)
  1. Acknowledge the hurt (express sorrow for hurting someone)
  1. Accept the consequences (such as making restitution)
  1. Alter your behavior (change your attitudes and actions)
  1. Ask for forgiveness

Family Activity

Come together for a family meal, then have everyone take turns building one another up. Everyone gets a chance to be in the "hot seat," meaning each person will be the one to get encouraged by the rest of the family. Share ways you have seen each other growing and changing. Share the ways you are thankful for one another. After everyone has a chance to share a few things, move on the next family member to be in the hot seat. This could also be a great opportunity for family members to confess ways they have sinned against one another.