Family Discussion Questions
1. Have you ever played
Hide and Seek or hidden to surprise someone? Where was the best hiding spot
you’ve ever hidden?
2. Hiding for Hide and
Seek is fun, but what are some other things we hide from?
3. Adam and Eve hid from
God in the Garden, what are some ways that we hide from God today?
Read Psalm 139:1-12
God knew Adam and Eve
completely. He knew their actions, their inmost thoughts, and even their words
before they spoke them. They were known by God.
4. Who is a person in
your life that knows you better than anyone else?
5. What would happen to
your relationship with that person if you try to hide things and keep things
Take for example a
child, let’s call him Jake. While playing ball in the house, Jake breaks his
mom’s favorite crystal vase. He tries to hide the evidence because Jake is
ashamed and worried about being punished. This begins to cause distance between
Jake and his parents as he stays in his room all the time, avoids his parents, and
has to lie to try to keep his actions hidden. The result is that his
relationship with his parents is hurt by his attempts to hide what he has done.
6. How can bringing
things out into the open, shining a light on what is hidden, help restore
Back to the earlier
example, Jake’s crime is finally revealed. Initially there are consequences…which
may even be worse because he tried to hide it. However, now Jake doesn’t need
to hide out in his room, he is able to resume time with his parents, and can
now be honest with them. Ultimately their relationship grows because there is
no longer anything hidden.
7. Take a moment to
think about your relationship with God. Is there anything that you are “trying”
to keep hidden from Him? (“Trying” …because He already knows.)
Take a moment of silent prayer to talk to God
and open up to Him about anything that might be getting in the way of the
amazing relationship that He desires to have with you.
If you picked up
Communion supplies from the church or have your own available, take a moment to
share in a time of Communion.
Tomorrow we celebrate Memorial
Day, a time to remember the sacrifices that so many have made for us. It is so important
to remember sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of life. As the Apostle John
Greater love has no one
than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13
Each week we celebrate
a time of memorial as we remember the sacrifice of Jesus. We remember the hope
that he brought and the price that he paid. As Isaiah foretold:
But he was
pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his
wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has
turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the
iniquity of us all.-
Jesus gave the ultimate
sacrifice as he gave up his life so that we could be free. Free from Sin, free
from eternal death, free to live in God’s presence. As you take of the bread,
we remember his body that was pierced for our transgressions. As we take of the
cup, we remember his blood that brought us peace.
a reflective moment to share the bread and the cup and remember Jesus’
Take a moment to pray
together. In addition to the prayer needs of your family, we ask that our
entire Church family join together and uplift a few things each week in a
This week we are asking
everyone to be praying for:
- Wisdom, guidance, and protection through the reopening of
businesses and services.
- Pray for both governmental and Church leaders in decisions of how
to proceed in the coming months. (worship gatherings, restrictions, etc.)
- Each of your family members to have a growing relationship with
Family Activity-Letters to God
Have everyone write a
letter to God to talk about your relationship. Where is it now? Where do you
want it to be? If there is anything that you have been trying to keep hidden,
be open with Him about it in the letter that is only for Him.
Once you have all
finished, fold up the letters and put them together. Have someone pray over the
letters. Once you are done, find a way to dispose of the letters (safely burn
them, shred them, or throw them away) so that you can feel free to be
completely open with God in your letter.