Main Point of Discussion:
Getting to know Jesus.
Vital Info Before You Get Started:
(The following should help you contextualize this important issue so you can have a great discussion about it with your kids.)
Part I: What Do You Know?
- This discussion will center on the “Who Is Jesus” Quiz (in two parts).
Ask your family members the following questions as a group—anyone can answer:
Part II: True or False
- Who is Jesus? (A: the Son of God, Messiah)
- When did he live on earth? (A: the early first century; died & rose again about 33 A.D.)
- What is he famous for? (A: saving humanity from sin; launching Christianity)
- Is he a real person, and how can we know for sure? (A: yes, ancient historians—such as Josephus—recorded his actual existence)
- Do you believe his life has any meaning for us today? (A: hopefully your family members answer “yes”)
Give your family members the following true-false statements as a group—anyone can answer:
1. …to be able to forgive sins.
2. …to be the Son of God.
3. …he existed as God before his birth.
4. …to be God in human flesh
5. …he would come back to life after he was killed.
6. …he could grant eternal life.
7. …he is the only way to have a relationship with God.
8. …he is the only way to heaven.
Three Simple Questions:
Q: Which of these claims is hardest to believe?
Q: Which of these is easiest to believe?
Q: Which of these claims surprises you the most?
Where to Take It from Here:
Wherever it feels natural. If these questions lead to a longer discussion on the topic, wonderful! (There’s a guide just after this paragraph that helps you do just that.) If your kids are barely uttering grunts, don’t get discouraged—the next time it feels right, keep engaging them.
For Deeper Discussion: (If your kids seem into diving in deeper, the following discussion guide can help take you there.)
CLICK HERE if you want to look at a quick training article on small groups and drawing questions out of young people—you may find much of the information applicable as you go through this subject with your family members.
More Discussion Questions:
(Give your family members the following first halves of these statements as a group—anyone can answer; there are no “right” answers. Let the answers lead to more discussion!):
1. When I think about the Bible, I think of…
2. When I think about God, I think of…
3. When I think about Jesus, I think of…
Here’s what we know: Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, who lived on earth in the early first century. He died and rose again about 33 A.D. He saved humanity from sin and launched Christianity. He is a real person; ancient historians—such as Josephus—recorded his actual existence. Because of these factors alone, Jesus’ life should have great deal of meaning for all of us today. But even more than that, Jesus claimed to be able to forgive sins. He claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed he existed as God before his birth—God in human flesh. Predicting his execution, he claimed he would come back to life after he was killed. He claimed he could grant eternal life. He claimed he is the only way to have a relationship with God—the only way to heaven. For all of these additional reasons, Jesus life should hold a great deal of meaning for all of us today. Let’s think about that as we close in prayer…
Close in Prayer