As a believer, one of your key roles in the disciple-making process is to help your immediate family, and others who live with you, to discover God in the Bible.
Carve out a time in the week that your entire family can be together for about an hour. Perhaps this will be right after dinner, or on a Saturday morning. Find the time that works best for everyone.
Make sure everyone is comfortable. Pull out the throw pillows and blankets and settle in together. This can be a great time to enjoy any Christmas treats—like cookies or cocoa or start with a fun activity (see below) as a family.
Before you study the scripture for this week, engage with your family. Have each person share:
These three discovery questions are a great way to connect with each other. It provides insight into one another’s week and encourages you to pray as a family.
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 hear the passage twice. Depending on the ages and attention span of your group, experiment with different ways to hear the story. Read it from different Bible versions, from a children’s Bible, or watch the short story videos posted on this webpage for children.
See below for the scripture passages and worksheets/activities for each week. We have broken this down into two groups: families with children and families with youth and adults. Pick the scripture that works for your family dynamic.
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 the discovery questions.
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: