Standing by the cross of Jesus were his
mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved
standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman,
behold, your son!” Then he said to the
disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
(John 19:25-27, ESV)
- When you think about the
family, what comes to mind?
- Who are the people in
- Who are people that you
O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also
worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and
women everywhere love and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. (from the Book of Common Prayer, page 124)
Read: Matthew 12: 46-50
46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his
mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing
outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and
who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his
disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my
brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my
Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
- What surprises you about Jesus statement?
- In what ways do these words seem out of
character for Jesus?
- What might Jesus mean? What are different ways
to interpret what Jesus is saying? What do you think Jesus was trying to
- How would you describe or define the will of
Read: Galatians 4: 7 (NIV)
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Discuss: What does it mean to be a child of God?
Watch Session 3: Relationship (https://vimeo.com/307258198/94925fb48c)
As you watch the video write down key thoughts, questions, or things you want to remember.
Discuss: What are some thoughts of questions you
have based on the video?
Human families can be loving and accepting. However,
families can also hurt each other. Human families have been broken and dysfunctional
since Adam and Eve.
God’s Family: The Bible tells of the story of the
broken human family and how God establishes a new family in Christ. Christ
modeled God’s family by offering grace and forgiveness. We are invited into the
household of God regardless of how bitter, dysfunctional, or far we are from
- What do you long for most in your family?
- Rev. Holt talks about how families have
generational sins, passed down from generations. What are some of the generational
sins you see in your family? What are some unhealthy patters you see in your
- How can you takes steps to break that cycle of
- What are somethings you can confess to God? What
are some things you can confess to others?
- How can your church family help you break the
family cycle of sin?
- What do you long for in your church family?
- What are some steps you can take to cultivate your
relationship with God?
Read: Ephesians 2:13-19
13 Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
- The word hostility is repeated in these verses.
When have you witnessed hostility in yourself or others?
- How might Jesus bring peace to hostile situations?
- How can you be an instrument of such peace?
- Think about a time you were a stranger or foreigner,
how did it feel?
- What does it mean to belong to the family of
Close in Prayer.
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