Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teach Intentionally..."Family Time…Your foundation and relationship with Jesus", with Stacy Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Time…Your foundation and relationship with Jesus

In your family time, this is the final week on the topic that God saves you and focus is discussing what is the foundation of your belief in God? The answer is Jesus. Jesus is the visible image of God and He came to explain God. And according to 1Thessalonians 5:9-11, God destined you for salvation through Jesus and to live together with Him, which means that once you are saved by Jesus, you live in a relationship with Him from the moment of trusting Him to save you. Believing Jesus should be the cornerstone or foundation of your relationship with God, and this topic would connect well with the next family time topic discussing “Your relationship with Jesus”.  I would suggest to add the next family time to this week’s lesson. The gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be the foundation of your belief and your relationship with Jesus will build from that foundation.
As a Mom, I found the best way to make sure my kids have a strong foundation and know the gospel is to ask them to share the gospel with me. Each time that my kids practice sharing the gospel; they are solidifying their understanding of the good news of Jesus and continuing to shape their own beliefs. I have found that every time that we practice sharing the gospel, everyone’s belief in God is strengthened, including me. Then, after sharing the gospel,  I ask if there has been a change in your lifestyle because of the gospel? Has knowing the gospel made a difference? This can lead to really useful moments of conviction and my kids often made decisions to make changes in their lifestyle after thinking through these things.
This week in your family time, I would encourage you to prepare by praying for your family and asking God to help you recognize which family member is struggling in their understanding of Jesus and the importance of His actions on earth. Pray that God will give you the words to explain the part they do not understand and God will bless your efforts. Ask your family to share the gospel and share how their relationship with Jesus has been good for them.
Do you have questions or need prayer for your family? Email me at SkyMoms@skyranch.org.
I will be praying for you! 
Stacy A. Davis
Teach Intentionally
This week we are in the  11th  Month Topic and  4th & 5th  Family Time (or page  96 & 97) of the Sky Ranch Devotional “Open Your Eyes”…
Family Time 4: 
Month 11 Topic:  God saves us…Your foundation
Talk with God: Read…Acts 4:10-12, Romans 1:16
~ Acts 4:10-12  Let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, Whom you crucified, Whom God raised from the dead – by this Name this man stands here before you in good health.  He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the very Cornerstone.  And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other Name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
  • Why, according to Acts 4:10-12, is Jesus called the Cornerstone?  Who rejected Him?
~ Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
  • In Romans 1:16, who is offered salvation?
Walk with God: Discuss… In Acts 4:10-12, we know the Cornerstone is Jesus, because the author is telling the listener that they rejected the cornerstone.  A foundation is built upon a cornerstone.  What foundation is your family built upon?  Is salvation and your Christian life so important to you that you talk about it to everyone you know?  Are you ashamed of the gospel?  
Prayer suggestion… Pray that your family will be a light for Christ in your community and not be ashamed.
Family Time 4: 
Leader Answers:
  • He is called the Cornerstone because He’s the only One Who saves; the people whom He came to save rejected Him
  • Everyone who believes 
  • Discussion ideas:  Have family members share how they have been a light in their community, i.e., work, school, neighborhood
Family Time 5: 
Month 11 Topic:  God saves us…Relationship with Jesus
Talk with God: Read…1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11  For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ Who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.  Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
  • Did God destine us for wrath?  Is eternal life with Christ just for those who have died?  
Walk with God: Discuss… God created us for a relationship with Him.  He did not create us so that we would perish and be separated forever from Him.  That is not God’s plan.  When we accept Christ into our lives as our Savior, our eternal life with Him begins.  How exciting! What does living with Jesus right now look like in your family?  How are you growing in your faith and getting to know Him better?
Prayer suggestion… Thank God for eternal life.  Thank Him that you are living with Him now and He with you.  
Family Time 5: 
Leader Answers:
  • No; no, for the living, too
  • Discussion ideas:  Have family members discuss how they feel God working in their lives on a daily basis.  What are family members doing to encourage their relationship with Christ?  (i.e., devotionals, prayer, service, church attendance, Bible reading, etc.)
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