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Feast and Faith: Obedience and Action, Ages 11-18 (10/1/17)

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are looking God wants us to live out parts of our faith through obedience. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.

 

Prayer -  Bless my family, near and far.

A family is created in many ways:

            Sometimes by DNA

            Sometimes by sharing experiences,

            Sometimes by choosing each other.

 

Help us to walk together in the light of God’s blessing.

Help us love one another as Christ loves us.

Help us to see Christ in each other.

Help us to forgive each other with Christ’s pardon.

 

Help us to share all that you give us:

            Our hopes and dreams, fears and joys,

            Sorrow and disappointments.

 

May our family grow in grace and truth

To live out the blessings you give us.

Whether we are connected through:

            DNA,

            Experience,

            Or choice.

Bless us.

“Blessing a Family” from Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People

 

Discussion – In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus tells us a parable, or a story, about two sons that were asked to go work in a vineyard by their father. One son said he would work in the vineyard, but didn’t go. The other son said he would not go, but changed his mind and went to work in the vineyard.

Questions

  1. How would you answer Jesus’ question: “Which one of the two did what their parent wanted?”
  2. What does the parent want?
  3. Whom does the father represent in this story? What does God want from us?
  4. Whom do each of the sons represent? To what degree do you identify with the first son? The second son? Why?
  5. What do you think is more important: what you say or what you do?

Final nugget – Something very important happened in the heart of the son who changed his mind. He gave his heart over to his father’s will. Because his heart was changed, his actions also changed by going to work in the vineyard like his father asked. The same is true for us. When we let God change us on the inside, it shows on the outside by what we do.