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. 

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