Discipleship Activities for the Family

Family faith-sharing tip:

  • If your family isn’t familiar with their Bibles, make this activity easier by writing each Bible reference, or complete verse, on a slip of paper and placing it in the correct page of their Bibles.
  • Or let the children use their computers and Internet-accessing phones to search for the verses on a website like www.biblegateway.com.

Focus:

  • Mark 8:27-29
  • Who is Jesus and why is it still important to learn about Him today? 

Gather together:

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • A simple drawing or pattern

What you do:

  • Give each person a pencil and a piece of paper.
  • Hold your simple drawing so that no one else can see it.
  • Give simple instructions for creating a drawing like yours, e.g., “Draw a large rectangle in the middle of your paper. Draw a small circle in the center of the rectangle,” etc.
  • Have everyone share their drawings. Notice how they are all different.
  • Reveal your drawing and let them make a new copy from the original.
  • Which was the easiest way to draw the picture—by hearing you describe it, or by copying it directly? Why?
  • Look up the following verses together and write down what different people said about Jesus when He was on earth:
    • Matthew 27:50-54
    • Mark 8:27-29
    • Luke 1:26-33
    • Luke 2:25-35
    • Luke 23:35-39
    • John 1:32
    • John 1:40-42
    • John 6:1-15
  • Ask: Whom would you trust the most to tell you what Jesus was like—someone who met Him, or someone who read about Him 2,000 years later? Why? Who do you think Jesus is?
  • Accept and acknowledge their answers, even if they’re not sure about Jesus yet. Briefly share who you think Jesus is and why.

Extra option:

Make a ‘Wordle’ picture (www.wordle.net). This is a fun way to make a graphic poster of your favorite descriptions or names of Jesus.

Prayer/reflection activity:

  • Pray an alphabet prayer together, praising and thanking God for Jesus. Use words to describe Him that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Anyone who thinks of a word beginning with the next letter in the alphabet can say it aloud. Start with: Dear Father God, we want to thank You for Jesus. Thank You that Jesus is A (amazing, awesome, accepting . . .), B (brave, beautiful . . .), C (caring, creative, cleansing . . .), Q (quieting, questioning, quotable . . .), etc. After Z (zealous) say, “Thank You for everything that Jesus is. Help us to learn more about Him so that we can become more like Him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
  • Or, if this isn’t appropriate, invite your family to think of things they are thankful for beginning with each letter of the alphabet.