Text Background: 1 Corinthians
Family Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Summary: We’re in week three of our “Centered” series in The Loft on Wednesday nights and in Small Groups on Sunday mornings talking about what it means to truly live with Christ at the center of our lives. Paul has a lot to say to the church at Corinth about what in their lives need to change if Christ is at the center. This week we looked into a dispute in Corinth about whether it is more holy to be married or single. At the root of this dispute is the idea that, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” The church at Corinth is playing the game many believers play today, the game of comparison. In the midst of that game of comparison Paul reminds them to stay in the situation that God had called them to, in short he encourages them to love God and love people right now and right where they are. For many of us today, we can’t wait for our life situation to change so we can love God better then or so we can look like better Christians. In reality, we can love God and love people right where we are right now and we are content in our situation when we put Christ at the center.
These are questions to ask your teenager that are deeper than, “How was your Wednesday night?!” and them reply, “…good.”
- What or who do you compare yourself to?
- What does this do to you?
- Do you ever find yourself wishing things were different, because then you would be better? Or postponing following Jesus till your life circumstance changes?
- What is your life circumstance?
- How can you love God right now? How can you love people right now?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Pick one person, in one area of your families life that you can love this holiday season and show Jesus too. Remind them that nothing in their circumstance had to change to love God and love people right now.
- Is your student single or have a boyfriend or girlfriend? Talk about how both of those situations have their pros and cons and what following Jesus looks like in both scenarios.
- Join a small group and bring your teenager to Sunday morning small groups. A community to learn in and invest in holds us accountable to be obedient. It’s very difficult to run from God and simultaneously be surrounded by His people.