What is your favorite place to be or thing to do in your home?
Pause after viewing each video to make observations about what words or scenarios stand out to you.
1. In the second video, what did you observe about people as they talked about home? Why do you think home is such a significant place for people, no matter where they live in the world?
2. We all have things we want in a house. Our speaker this weekend outlined several. Have people in the group read the following, and discuss each one.
- A solid foundation: Matthew 7:24-25
- Lots of light: Philippians 2:15, Matthew 5:14-15
- Lack of clutter: Luke 10:38-42
- Play/recreation room: John 15:11
- Laundry room: Psalm 51:1-2, 7, 10
- Open-concept: Romans 12:13
In your home life, do any of these areas need improvement?
3. Read Luke 6:32-36. How does this relate to the “open concept” idea? Would this be easy or difficult for you?
4. If you are a single person, a couple, a single parent family, a 2-parent family, a grandparent - what does the idea of God’s heart for your home mean to you?
5. Of course, not every person had or has an ideal home or family. Read Psalm 68:6. In the first part, how might God fulfill that promise for you? How can this study still speak to you?
CHECK THE MIRRORS
1. Everyone is in a different place when they start a spiritual journey. Where would you say you or your family are in the construction process of building a house on the solid foundation of faith in God?
A. We have the blueprints and are excited that construction is underway
B. The framework is up and we can see it beginning to take shape
C. We have a solid house that has withstood many storms
2. No matter where you are in the “construction” process, what is one thing you could begin to do to make Jesus the focus of your home?
3. How can the group pray for you or your family this week?
[Optional Expanded Discussion]
1. Sometimes “clutter” in our house can manifest as conflict. Read Matthew 18:15-17, known as God’s instructions about handling conflict among ourselves. In your ministry, volunteer or leader role, how have you seen this done correctly? How have you seen it handled incorrectly? Where has the church gotten it right or wrong? Have you talked to someone else about an issue without first going to the person directly?
2. What are some intentional ways you have made God the heart of your home? What are some of the difficulties you’ve encountered?
3. If Jesus is the center of your family, what are some ways you might share wisdom to help other families in this process?