This is what we did last night...
Last night was the first time our 6th graders joined us for Sunday Night @ The Loft. We opened up by playing some basketball and gaga ball before coming downstairs where we checkout our Awesome Video of the Week, played a game called Pirates & Sailors, and tried to guess if a blown up image was an image of an animal's fur or Donald Trump's hair. You can see some of the fun from Pirates & Sailors on Instagram.
This is what we talked about...
Our devotional last night continued to center around our summer theme of Scary, Gross, & Weird Stories of the Bible. This week we looked at Ezekiel 4:1-5:10, which is the story of Ezekiel symbolically acting out the destruction of Jerusalem. While Marcus told the story, youth acted out what God instructed Ezekiel to do including depicting a seige on Jerusalem, laying on his left side for 390 days, laying on his right side for 40 days, rationing out 8oz. of food for each day, and baking bread over human feces.
Israel had sinned and God instructed Ezekiel to symbolically live out God's warning for his people. In Matthew 26:31-35 we see Jesus prophesying that Peter would deny him three times. Both Ezekiel and Peter were asked to do some strange things by God, but while Ezekiel followed God's orders, Peter denied God publicly. God sometimes asks us to do strange things, things we don't understand at the time. How do we respond to God's calling?
Continue the conversation at home
Read the scripture passages above and then discuss the following questions as a family:
- In what ways is Jesus different from other prophets?
Why is this significant to you and your relationship
- Name the emotions Peter was probably feeling. When have you felt this way, either when it comes to your relationship with Jesus, or something else?
- What have you discovered about God’s plans? do you think they’re always, sometimes, or never unexpected? Why or why not?
- How would you explain to someone else why a relationship with Jesus is the key to God’s plan?