STUDY GUIDE FOR 8-12-18:
FAITH@HOME #7– WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR KIDS?
Think about life:
- While you were growing up were there some things that your parents said they wanted for your life? How did they share that with you – wish, a hope, a threat?
- If you have children, what things do you want for them? Have you told them? Are some of the things you want for your children because of what you did or did not have?
- If you asked the average parent in the US what are the top four things they want for their children’s lives, what do you think the response would be?
- What does God want for our children’s lives?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- Read Numbers 13:1-16; 25-30
- What’s the basic plot of this passage?
- What do we learn about Caleb?
- Read Hebrews 11:6.
- What does this passage say about faith? How does Caleb measure up?
- What two words would you use to describe Caleb?
- Read Judges 1:11-13
- From our culture perspective, what seems strange in this passage?
- What could be the possible motivations for Caleb’s giving his daughter to the man who conquered the town?
- Read Judges 1:14-15
- What does this interesting conversation between father and daughter tell you about their relationship? (Note: Ancient Israel was a patriarchal society in which the father/husband had absolute control.)
- What do you see in this father/daughter relationship that is positive and worth imitating?
- Read Judges 3:7-11
- Why did the Israelites do evil in the Lord’s sight? What was the result?
- What two roles did Caleb fulfill for God’s people? How could we explain that one was about competency and one about character?
- What happens to a person who is very competent but has no character?
- What happens in a culture like ours where “success” is worshiped, without expecting a person to have moral standards? (Read Matthew 7:24-27)
- If we our children to have the character and competency of Jesus Christ, what do we need to do?
Scripture readings: Hebrews 11; Prov. 22:6; 2 Tim. 1:5-7; Gal. 5:19-23