Family Devotionals-#1 Solid Foundations (Luke 6:46-49)

This Week’s Topic: Solid Foundations

This Week’s Goal: Understand the importance of a solid foundation.

This Week’s Bible Reference: Luke 6:46-49

 

Family Devotional

 Activity:

Younger Children: Use blocks or Legos to build a few different towers; be sure to have one with a small (weaker) base and one with a large (stronger) base.

Older Children/Teenagers: Have a contest to see who can build the largest/tallest house of playing cards.

Singing: 

Please feel free to do what best fits your family! (See the Intro. to Family Devotions) 

Song Suggestions (based on the topic): ‘The Wise Man Built his House Upon the Rock’ (Children’s song), ‘Solid Rock On Christ the Solid Rock‘ (Hymn), ‘Where I Stand’ (praise song- Craig Bidondo)

Bible Reading:

*Note: This parable is not found in all Children’s Bibles; telling the story with the activity above may help younger children to understand it best.

Luke 6:46-49 (New Living Translation) Feel free to use a different translation.

46) “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47) I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48)It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well-built. 49) But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Family Discussion Questions: (*questions geared towards younger children) 

  1. *Which tower was stronger? Why? (Demonstrate during discussion if needed)
  2. *Who is the strongest base we can have for our lives? Who can always be our helper?
  3. *If we want God to be our base (foundation) what do we need to do?
  4. Which card house was the strongest? Why?
  5. How does the base of the card house compare with our lives?
  6. What does a solid foundation of a house (or other building) all for the builder to do?
  7. What importance does Jesus give to foundations in our lives?
  8. According to Jesus what does a firm foundation for our lives look like (How do you build one)? What does that look like in our lives?
  9. How does a strong foundation in our lives bring glory to God?

Prayer: 

This is a great and easy format to follow as a family:

A-Adoration: What things did you learn about God today? Thank God for those things.

C-Confession: Confess your sins to each other and God; it is helpful if a parent takes the lead in this activity.

T-Thanksgiving: Thank God for what He has done in your lives this week and that He wants to be our foundation!

S-Supplication: God loves us and loves to bless us. Tell God the desires of your heart.

Extension Activity/Discussion Starters for the Week:

  • Rebuild a house of cards (or a tower for younger children). Ask them if the built it differently this time? Why?
  • Discuss what types of things people use as a foundation for their lives and what happens when that foundation falls apart?
  • Discuss if there are things in your lives that you put in place of God as a foundation.
  • Build a tower out of something else fun (leftovers at dinner, snacks, etc.) Make it into a fun, silly challenge!

 

PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this activity and especially the discussion questions and prayer. I teach 5th and 6th grade GA’s who are ready to move on to the youth group, so keeping their interest and trying to keep their time with us fun and enjoyable can be a challenge. I will be using this lesson next week and am very excited to hear the girls’ answers and see them learn in God’s word while having fun in the card house competition. :) I am going to use your prayer and make a prayer sheet for them to take home. Thank you!

    • Amanda- This made my day! I used to teach 5th and 6th graders at church; they are very dear to my heart! I would love to hear how your lesson goes; praying for you this week! :)

      • Thank you so much. :) The lesson was great – it held their attention and it was very meaningful to them. Thank you!

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