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Highland Park United Methodist Church

Why This? (Cornerstone)

Discussion Questions

  1. Who makes up your family?
  2. What three words would you use to describe the family you come from?
  3. What is something you’d like to replicate in your own family, given your family of origin? What is something you’d like to avoid?
  4. What are the rifts or pressure points that exist in your family? How does your family usually address (or avoid) them?

There are no perfect families. Not even in the Bible! And yet family shapes us more than almost anything in the world. 

Families shape our sense of self, our notion of success, and so much more! They can hurt or heal, cause wounds or create wisdom. For most of us, our feelings about family are mixed, at best! So whose idea was this anyway?

This weekend in Cornerstone, Paul kicked off our brand new series, Family Feud. By taking a look at the “First Family” (no, not Donald and Melania) and those who followed, Paul outlines the three functions families were made to fulfill: to protect, to teach and to grow.

Way back in the Garden – back when things were perfect – God saw Adam, his creation, working alone without a suitable partner. This is the only thing in all his handiwork that God says is not good!

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. [Not even with his Labrador retriever.] I will make a helper suitable for him…So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”  -Genesis 2:18-22

Out of the very dust of Earth, God made the first family. And we’ll give you a hint: it goes downhill from there. Families were God’s idea – and yet so often, they fall short of God’s ideal. 

Check out the full message to discover the three functions families were made to fulfill – and to decide whether or not this Family Feud is worth the fight!

Dig Deeper

During your First 15, Read Genesis 3 and 4. What sort of dynamics do you see start to emerge in the first few families of the Bible? How do you see these dynamics play out in your own family?

Spend time in prayer, asking God how he might want you to learn and grow through the next five weeks of this series.

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