Family Edition

The Pursuit

This 12-topic discipleship track is designed to help you go “full circle” in your pursuit of God as a family.

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Topic #1: Samson

Key Points:

  • God promised to make Samson a warrior. Judges 13:5
  • Samson promised God not to touch dirty things, not to drink alcohol. and never cut his hair.
  • The story of Samson is about self control and keeping your promises. Judges 16:19
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What is your favorite sport or outdoor activity? Are you good at it? Do you ever practice to get better at it?
  3. Read 1 Timothy 4:8. How can you get good at doing what pleases God?
  4. Where does the fruit we eat come from?
  5. Read Galatians 5:22 to discover a different kind of fruit. Where do you think the fruit of the Spirit comes from?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #2: Elijah

Key Points:

  • Elijah was a prophet, which is another word for messenger.
  • God has existed forever, and he is the real God. Isaiah 4:28
  • Elijah had a big showdown with false prophets, but the real God won! 1 Kings 18:24-39
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. Have you ever been in a contest or competition? What was it like? How did you do?
  3. Do you ever sing or pray to your favorite toy or video game? Why or why not?
  4. Read 1 Kings 18:37-39. What did God do to prove that He was the only real God? What would you have done if you were there that day?
  5. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #3: Jehoshaphat

Key Points:

  • The Moabites, the Ammonites and the Meunites declared war to King Jehoshaphat. 2 Chronicles 20:1-2
  • Jehoshaphat prayed to God when he was in trouble. 2 Chronicles 20:6
  • Jehoshaphat knew that God was the only hope for his kingdom.
  • God wants to help you in every situation.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? (ex. learn to read, math, play an instrument) How did you get through it? Who helped
  3. What do you do when you are in trouble or when someone makes fun of you?
  4. How does God wants us to pray?
  5. Read Philippians 4:6-7. Why don’t we need to worry when we pray? Who will help us when we’re scared? Why should we tell God what we’re thankful for?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #4: What Is Sin?

View the Kid’s Church lesson for this topic.

Key Points:

  • Sin is doing things our own way instead of God’s way. James 4:7
  • Sin started with the very first people, and it’s still around today! Romans 3:23
  • Sin separates us from God and the people we love. 
  • Jesus took care of our sin problem when he went to the cross. Romans 6:23
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What are some rules your parents have for you to obey? What are the consequences if you disobey?
  3. What is sin? Who were the first people to sin?
  4. Who came to fix our sin problem?
  5. Read Colossians 1:13-14. What are the kingdoms that Paul is talking about? Who saves us from darkness?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #5: Who Is Jesus?

View the Kids’ Church lesson for this topic.

Key Points:

  • Jesus existed even before he was born on earth. John 1:1-2
  • Jesus is actually God himself. John 1:1
  • God created everything through Jesus. John 1:3
  • Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness. John 1:5
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. Did your parents consider other names for you when you were born? How did they decide what to name you and are you named after someone else?
  3. What is another name for Jesus?
  4. Why is it important to know that Jesus is God?
  5. Read Revelation 1:8. What does alpha and omega mean? What else does this verse say about Jesus?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #6: Trusting Jesus

Key Points:

  • We all have a sin problem, both kids and parents! Romans 3:23
  • Jesus fixed the problem when he died on the cross. Romans 5:8
  • Anyone can begin a relationship with God by Jesus (asking him into your heart). Romans 3:22
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. Make a list of the stuff you got for your last birthday. How much of it did you pay for with your own money? Who gave you your presents?
  3. Why is sin a problem?
  4. What did Jesus do to fix our sin problem?
  5. Read Ephesians 2:8-9. Jesus is God’s gift to us. What do we have to do to get that gift? How much do we have to “pay” God for it?
  6. Have you ever asked Jesus into your heart? Do you want to do it today? Pray a prayer like the one below with your parents or teacher.
  7. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

Asking Jesus into your heart:

“Jesus, I know that I need you to help me. I believe that you died for my sins and rose from the grave. Will you come into my heart so I can be saved? Thank you for this free gift. Amen.”

Topic #7: How to Live

Key Points:

  • As Christians, we should live to honor God. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • The Spirit leads from the inside out, helping us honor God every day. Ezekiel 36:26-27
  • The Bible is like a special treasure map, guiding us through life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Other Christians help us stay on the right track. Galatians 6:1-2
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned from the video?
  3. How can you honor (show thanks) your parents? How about your teachers at school?
  4. Make a list of things that honor God.
  5. Make a list of things that don’t honor God.
  6. How does the Bible help us?
  7. How can other people help us to honor God? How can you help people to honor God?
  8. Read Ephesians 4:21-24. What should we do with our old nature? How does the Spirit help us to live for God?
  9. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #8: Put God First

Key Points:

  • No matter how old you get, you’ll always be busy with things. You’ll always have to try hard to put God first. Deuteronomy 6:5
  • Spend time with God by praying and reading the Bible
  • Make a habit of talking about God with your family.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What’s your favorite thing to do when you get home from school?
  3. How can we put God first? (Hint: There are three main ways.)
  4. Read 1 Timothy 4:8. If you play sports or an instrument, what things do you do at practice to prepare for a game/recital? How can reading the Bible or praying be like training (practice) for God?
  5. How will you put God first this week?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #9: Obey Your Parents

Key Points:

  • Kids should obey their parents. Colossians 3:20
    • because the Bible says so! 
    • because it pleases the Lord!
    • because it protects us!
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What are some rules you have to follow at school? What are some rules parents have to obey?
  3. What book tells us to obey our parents?
  4. In your own words, explain how obedience protects us?
  5. Read John 15:14. What does Jesus mean that we are friends if we keep his commands?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #10: The Golden Rule

Key Points:

  • The Golden Rule says to treat others the way you want to be treated. Matthew 7:12 
  • Be nice to every kid, no matter what.
  • Don’t say mean things behind other kids’ backs.
  • Treat others right!
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. Describe a time someone was really nice to you. How did that feel? What about a time someone was really mean to you. How did that feel?
  3. How well do you think you’re doing at treating others right? What are you good at? What needs some work?
  4. Make a list of how you want to be treated. Now, look at that list. Do you think you can treat others that way?
  5. Read Proverbs 18:24. How can the “not so nice” friends hurt you? Why do you think a true friend is compared to a brother (sister)?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #11: How to Grow

Key Points:

  • The world doesn’t actually revolve around you, even though it might feel like it.
  • We start to grow up as Christians by serving and giving.
  • The greatest way to grow is by telling other people about Jesus!
Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. How do you feel when people do things for you? How can you serve people in your life?
  3. Why should we give money to God?
  4. Identify a friend you would like to invite to church or talk to about Jesus. Talk with your parents about how best to do that.
  5. Read Romans 12:9-11. What does it look like to really love someone? How can you honor people in your life?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Topic #12: What's Next?

This video is coming soon!

Next Steps:

  1. Share this discipleship track with another family.
  2. Make a habit of “family talk” every week.
  3. Take turns leading so everyone can grow.
Talk About It
  1. What was your favorite part of this video?
  2. Make a list of three families who could use this track. Pray for those families right now. Send the link to this track to each of those families this week.
  3. Take a look at some of the other topics and series on this website. Everyone pick three topics that you want to talk about in the months ahead. Make a list!
  4. Do you think that you could lead your family in a conversation soon? What would be the hardest thing about it for you?
  5. Make a commitment as a family to do “family talk” each week. When will you do it?
  6. Pray together as a family.

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