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Feast and Faith: What is Christian Fruitfulness, Ages 11-18 (10/8/17)

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are looking at what Christian fruitfulness means. 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 -  I want to walk as a child of the Light.

I want to follow Jesus.

God set the stars to give light to the world.

The star of my life is Jesus.


In him there is no darkness at all.

The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 

I want to see the brightness of God.

I want to look at Jesus.

Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path,

And show me the way to the Father.

 

I’m looking for the coming of Christ.

I want to be with Jesus.

When we have run with patience the race,

We shall know the joy of Jesus.

“Discipleship” from Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People

 

Discussion – In Matthew 21:33-46 Jesus tells us a parable, or a story, about a vineyard. In this story, we witness as someone builds up a vineyard, but the tenants that work at the vineyard decide they want to take control of it from the owners, and hurt all the people who come to check on it.

 

Questions

  1. Have you ever made a choice that ended up hurting someone or yourself?
  2. What does it feel like to make a choice that hurts someone?
  3. What do you think the vineyard represent in this story?
  4. What do you think Jesus is saying to the crowd?
  5. What do you think is Jesus’s message to us?

 

Final nugget – This passage seems a little scary. What do the vineyard owners actions in the story say about the Kingdom of God, though?  It seems, based on the story, that no matter how many choices we make that hurt ourselves or other people God will continue to forgive us and give us another chance.