2018-2019 Family 15’s

“Family 15 is a time for parents and students to learn and grow alongside each other in the car, at the dinner table, or during family devotions. The following prompts will add to what we talk about in C4. Read in your Catechism and Bible to help supplement your discussion and dive even deeper. 

May 20, 2019

  • Review the 10 Commandments as a family. Discuss which of the Commandments you struggle with the most.

  • Read John 3:16-17 together. What does this verse teach us? How does that relate to the 10 Commandments?

  • Discuss what your family will do this summer do grow closer to Jesus (prayer time, worshipping even on vacation, Bible reading, etc.)

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  • Pray together – Jesus, I love you. Help me draw closer and closer to you this summer through Bible reading and prayer. I am sorry for not keeping your commands perfectly. Thank you for your unending forgiveness. Amen.

April 28, 2019

  • Read about the 8th Commandment on pages 87-89 in the Catechism.

  • The book of Esther never mentions God, but we know He is there. Share about a time when you knew God was there even though you couldn’t see Him.

  • Rank yourself on a scale of 1-10, 1 being a gossip and 10 being someone who builds others up with words. Why is it so important to be a 10 instead of a 1? Share a story of a time you dealt with a 1 and how that felt. Share a story of a time you dealt with a 10 and how that felt.

  • Pray Together – God, you are here right now. In fact, you are always with us, even when we don’t see you.  Help us have eyes to see you at work in our everyday lives. Help us to speak words of life to people. Forgive us for the times we have fallen short and have gossiped. Guide us the rest of this week. Thank you for your never-ending forgiveness. Amen.

April 7, 2019

  • Read about the 1st Commandment on pages 56-61 in the Catechism and the 1st Petition of the Lord’s Prayer on pages 181-183.

  • Work together do decide what your family’s top 10 priorities are. Rank the list from most important to least important. Does anything come before faith? Why or why not?

  • If your being honest, do you keep God’s name holy? Why or why not? What are some ways you can lift up God’s name this week?

  • Pray Together – God, as a family we often forget to keep you #1. Help realign our priorities so that nothing comes before you. For the times we have messed up by having idols and misusing your name, we are sorry. Strengthen us in the faith. We love you and we want our lives to reflect that.  Amen.

March 24, 2019

  • Read about the 3rd Commandment on pages 67-72 in your Catechism.

  • Parents, lead your child in a prayer for our governmental leaders.

  • On a scale of 1-10, rank your family on how well you take time to rest in the Lord once a week. Do worship every week? Do you regularly spend time as a family doing restful activities? Do you have restful moments during the week? Do you regularly participate in the Sacraments? What do your answers say about your family values?

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for giving us freedoms. Thank you for the freedoms we have living in the USA. We pray that our government leaders honor you and lead this country towards your ways. We thank you also for the freedom to have work/rest balance. Help us prioritize rest and family time so we can be filled up and ready to reach the world with your love. Amen.

February 24, 2019

  • Read about the 4th Commandment on pages 74-76 in the Catechism and the 4th Petition on pages 189-192.

  • Parents, give your child an example of a time he/she kept 4th Commandment well and a time he/she didn’t keep it well.  Child, when/why is it hard to keep the 4th Commandment in your home? When is it easy?

  • Brainstorm ways your family can serve God by providing daily bread to people in need. Pick one that you will do this month.

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for meeting my every need. Help us to love and honor one another just like you love us. You are a good, good Father.   Amen.

February 10, 2019

  • Read about the 9th and 10th Commandments on pages 89-92 in the Catechism.

  • What makes you most excited about eternity in heaven?

  • Coveting is the sinful desire for anyone or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Do you struggle with coveting and jealousy?

  • This week, before dinner each night, everyone in the family should name one rich blessing they have from God that helps them be content.

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for giving me everything I need and so much more. I am sorry for the times I get jealous about what other people have instead of giving you thanks for what I do have. Holy Spirit, constantly remind me that all I have is from you so I can live a life of thanksgiving. Amen.

January 27, 2019

  • Review what Luther says about Baptism on pages 204-216 in the Catechism.

  • What have you heard about life as a slave in history class or in modern news stories?

  • The Bible says we were rescued from slavery to sin, death, and the devil through the waters of Holy Baptism. What do you think that really means?

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for rescuing me from the sin, death, and the devil in Baptism. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins and salvation that can be found in you alone.  Amen.

January 6, 2019

  • Read about the 2nd Commandment on pages 61-67 in the Catechism.

  • Share about a time you led something. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?

  • Moses wasn’t very good at speaking, but God empowered him to lead. How does it feel knowing you don’t have to have it all together to be used by God?

  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rank your family when it comes to keeping God’s name holy? Why?

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for empowering me to lead even when I feel like I’m not good enough. I am sorry for the times I trust my own power more than you. I’m sorry for the times I use your name in vain. Father, thanks calling me by a new name. Thanks for reminding me I am your child, I am enough, I am forgiven, and I am free. Amen.

December 9, 2019

  • Read about the 6th Commandment on pages 81-85 in the Catechism.

  • What are some strategies that help you deal with various temptations, especially sexual temptations?

  • Share a story about a time when you were overcome by temptation. How has the Holy Spirit worked in and through you since that event?

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for giving us clear direction on the best way to live.  Help me to love other people in the ways you ask me to. I am sorry for the times I have given into temptation. Father, thanks forgiving me when I feel unforgiveable. Thanks for your new mercy every day. Amen.

November 18, 2018

  • Read about the 5th Commandment and the 7th Commandment on pages 77-80 and 85-87 in the Catechism.

  • Do you think you’ve broken the 5th Commandment? Why or why not?

  • Do you think you’ve broken the 7th Commandment? Why or why not?

  • How do you treat people when you get mad? Jealous? Annoyed? What would it look like to react in love?

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for sending Jesus to be the perfect example and redeemer. I am sorry for the times I’ve broken your commands. Father, thanks for loving me at my worst. You are good all the time. Amen.

November 4, 2018

  • Read about the Holy Spirit on pages 147-157 in the Catechism.

  • What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever gone through? How did you (or did you not) trust God through that time?

  • Parents, talk with your child about how it feels to see him/her in pain. What does that teach you about God’s love for us amidst struggle?

  • How has the Holy Spirit affected your life?  

  • Pray Together - God, thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to help guide me even in hard times. Help me be more aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life. Father, thanks for loving me more than anyone else ever could. Amen.

October 18, 2018

  • Read about Baptism on pages 23-25 in the Catechism. To dive deeper, reflect on Questions 239-260 in the Q and A portion at the back of the Catechism.

  • Share about a time you were going through a “storm” in life. What promises of God did you hold on to during that time?

  • Share stories of each other’s baptisms so you can “remember” them together. What does that baptism mean to you today?

  • Has anyone ever thought you were crazy or made fun of you for believing in Jesus and his promises? Share about that time. How did you handle that situation?

  • Pray together – God, thank you for always keeping your promises. Even when the storms of life make it hard to see you, you are always there. Help me to grow closer to you every day. Help me to remember my baptism and that my identity is rooted in you. Thanks for the new life I have in you. Amen.

September 30, 2018

  • Read The Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer and it’s meaning. To dive deeper, reflect on Questions 231-233 in the Q and A portion at the back of the Catechism.

  • Sin separates us from God and his holiness. The only remedy is Jesus. What sin are you struggling with the most right now? How might that sin be hurting your faith walk?

  • Sin is also destructive to relationships between people. Can you think of a time that a sin (a lie, gossip, hate, stealing, etc.) hurt your relationship with someone? Were you able to mend that relationship or not? Describe the experience. 

  • We may be surrounded by sin, hurt, and shame now, but God tells us that the best is yet to come… What are you most looking forward to in heaven?

  • Pray Together – God, thank you for ________. Even in my struggle with sin, you love me and always want the best for me. Forgive me for every sin I struggle with, known and unknown. Thank you for the forgiveness that never runs dry. Because of you, I am forgiven and free. Amen.

September 9, 2018

  • Read The First Article of the Apostle’s Creed and it’s meaning. To dive deeper, reflect on Questions 96-113 in the Q and A portion at the back of the Catechism.

  • Describe your all-time favorite encounter with God’s Creation. Was it a camping trip, a lake, or your back yard? What made that experience so special?

  • In Genesis God created everything with his words. Clearly words hold a lot of power. Knowing this, how might you choose your words differently when speaking with your family and/or friends?

  • Pray Together – God, thank you for creating _______. Help me to notice, enjoy, and thank you for all that you’ve made. Forgive me when I fail to praise you and instead complain about what you’ve given me. Most of all, thank you for your love and countless second chances. Amen.

Learn more about both resources at www.FullLifeInChrist.org/C4