As a believer, one of your key roles in the disciple-making process is inviting your extended family to discover God in the Bible. Each of us has family members who may have stepped away or are not active in their faith. We also probably have brothers, sisters, aunts and cousins who are non-believers but are open to spiritual conversations especially during the Christmas season.
Pray about who to invite—then “make the ask.” These questions might help jump-start your conversations:
Be creative coming up with where/how the group can meet safely, as well as a day and time. Figure out what works for the people you invited. It could be around a fire pit in your back yard or in your driveway if your family lives close by. Maybe your group will need to meet electronically for safety or because they live far away. Zoom is a great way to gather.
We encourage you to start with a fun activity around a Christmas theme (see resources below).
Before you engage with the scripture for the week, have each person in your family share:
These three Discovery Group questions provide a great way for you to connect, or re-connect, with your family in a new way. They also help open hearts wider to God’s Word.
At the start of weeks 2-5, ask each person how they did with their two “I will…” commitments. Celebrate where everyone did well and encourage folks to take steps in obedience this next week.
Each week, have two people read the Scripture passage—in different translations, if possible. After reading have the group rebuild the passage from memory together. See below for scripture and worksheets you can use for each week.
This is where we let the scripture speak to each of us by exploring the answers found in the text to the following questions. Have everyone answer:
Here is a list of resources our church staff has developed or gathered to help you to facilitate a discovery group with your network, extended family or at home: