Step 1: Invite

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.

 

Step 2: Gather

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.

Step 3: Connect

Before you study the scripture for this week, engage with your family. Have each person share:

  • What are you thankful for this week?
  • What has challenged or stressed you this week?
  • Do you or anyone you know have a need the group can meet together?

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.

Step 4: Hear the Story

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.

 


Step 5: Discover

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.

  • What does this passage teach us about God
  • What does this passage teach us about people?
  • What will you do this week in response to this passage?
  • Who will you share with this week?

Advent & Christmas Discovery Group Brochure

Scripture & Activities for Children

How to use your Advent Kit at Home

 

Week 3: Starting 12/13

Mark 5:21-43

1. Week 3 Guide

2. Song for week 3

3. Activity

4. Crossword

 

Week 4: Starting 12/20

Luke 19:1-10

1. Week 4 Guide
2. Anagram

3. Maze

 

Week 5: Christmas Eve or Day

Luke 2:1-20

1. Week 5 Guide

 

Scripture for Youth & Adults

 

Week 4: Starting 12/20

Isaiah 9:2-7
Worksheet

 

Week 5: Christmas Eve or Day

Revelation 7:9-17
Worksheet

 

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:

  1. Bible App - For participants who may not have a Bible or know how to navigate through it, we highly recommend the free YouVersion app (2,062 Bible versions in 1,372 languages).
  2. Prayer Team - Inviting people to do a Discovery Group is new to all of us at Oakdale. We have a team that will pray with and for you during the process of discerning who God has prepared for you to invite. Contact: Christy Long, , or Wayne Bauman, .
  3. Coaching - Anyone—even non-believers—can facilitate a Discovery Group. But once you’ve got a group together, coming to one of our weekly peer-coaching groups online will help you better understand the essential disciple-making “DNA” that is behind each of the 7 questions. There are currently 6 sessions (2 daytime and 4 evening) available during the week. Contact: Anne Jordan, .
  4. Technical Assistance - If you would like to use one of Oakdale’s Zoom accounts, which do not have the 40-minute limit, contact Anne Jordan,

Are you in?

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