By Chandra Bennett
Families come in different shapes and sizes—traditional families, foster families, single-parent families, blended families, adoptive families, families where children are raised by grandparents or other relatives. Despite the makeup of the families in our churches, three facts hold true.
1. Families are busy. As the mom of an energetic four-year-old who loves to sing, dance, turn cartwheels, host fabulous tea parties and dress up in all-things princess, I am all too familiar with the hustle and bustle. Yet, like you, I take seriously my responsibility to raise her to love and serve Jesus despite the busyness of life between Sundays and Bible study group meetings.
2. Families must make Jesus a priority. Perhaps like me, you attend a great church with wonderful classes for all ages, and you hang out with other Christian families. But that’s not enough. We must live our faith through daily actions and conversations.
3. Families connect with the struggles and victories of other families. No family has it all together. Despite the veneer of perfection we display in the presence of others, we all know the truth. Family life is full of twists and turns, sidesplitting laughter and hair-pulling meltdowns. But we are not alone, and we grow from the faith testimonies of other families that overcome similar challenges.
Strong families build strong churches, and churches must be concerned about the health of families outside the walls of the church. They must equip parents to take the lead as the primary disciple-makers of their families.
With the One Conversation™ discussion starter, Bible Studies for Life will strengthen families by providing parents an easy way to have a spiritual conversation about what the whole family is studying. You can use it to have conversations throughout the week.
No longer will fulfilling the command to have God-honoring conversations with your children “when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:7) seem like an impossible task. Instead, One Conversation™ will prepare you to confidently discuss with your children biblical concepts they’ve learned.
• When you sit in your house: One Conversation™ easily can be used for discussions at home. Why not use it to strike up a conversation at the dinner table, during family chore times or during commercials?
• When you walk along the road: In-transit dialogue will decrease your need for earbuds, keeping the family connected by words rather than occupied by technology.
• When you lie down and when you get up: How different our families would be if we were able to make Jesus the subject of the first and last conversations we have daily. One Conversation™ not only summarizes Bible study sessions but also provides prayer ideas in response to the lessons.
Bible Studies for Life also will strengthen families by including at the end of each adult lesson a QR code that will point group members to a free article from one of LifeWay’s family magazines—HomeLife, More Living or Mature Living—which provide stories of real families living out their faith. You can preview some of these articles at BibleStudiesforLife/articles and learn more about our family magazines at LifeWay.com/magazines.
Chandra Bennett is editorial team leader for LifeWay’s adult ministry publishing.