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Family ties

Family ties

View family photos and mimic mannerisms of other members of the family.

Discussion point: Being generous is a family trait; it shows we are part of God’s family.

Take out some family photos and enjoy looking at them together. Have some fun by asking your children to take turns imitating your mannerisms and habits while completing various tasks. Examples include driving a car, cleaning up, making dinner, changing a diaper or any other parenting tasks.

Read or paraphrase the appropriate parts of Ephesians 5:3-5. Use this as an opportunity to explain that we can inherit things genetically from our parents, but it is much more important that we inherit the godly character we see in our parents and grandparents.

Further the discussion by talking about how being generous lets others know we are a part of God’s family, since those who are greedy don’t fit into God’s family.

Questions for discussion
  • How can we tell that we belong in this family?
  • Other than looks, how can others tell that we are your mommy and daddy? (Same name, similar looks, common personality traits and interests.)
  • According to the Bible, how can we tell who is in God’s family?
Relevant Scripture

Ephesians 5:3-5 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”