FAMILY MATTERS: THE BROKEN FAMILY

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

INTRODUCTION

In the beginning, God saw that “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18), and so He created Eve as Adam’s wife. But starting with this first family, sin entered the world, and brokenness became a part of every family. But there is hope for broken families – a God who extends great grace!

GROUP QUESTIONS

What is one characteristic you received from you parents that you want to keep, and one you wish you could change?

When you hear the phrase “broken family”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

There are numerous examples of broken families in the Bible. Read the passages below, and list the sins that came out of the broken families involved.

  • Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16)
  • Abraham (Genesis 16:1-6)
  • Lot (Genesis 19:1-8, 30-38)
  • Joseph’s brothers (Genesis 37:1-4, 23-28)
  • David (2 Samuel 11:1-17)
  • Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-8)
  • Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)

On Sunday, Joe encouraged us to remember Psalm 46:10a – “Cease striving and know that I am God” (NASB). What sin do you struggle with that has become a burden on your family? How can you cease striving in this sin?

Some sins have been passed down through families from generation to generation (Exodus 34:7b). You may not even be aware of this sin because you see it as just a part of who you are. There is hope to break the cycle! Read 1 Corinthians 15:10. What does Paul say about God’s grace?

What were the three truths about God’s grace that Joe shared on Sunday?*

Read James 4:6 and 1 John 4:4b. Are you ready to move beyond your brokenness into all that God has for you? How do these verses encourage you to do so?

*Grace is offered, active, and sufficient.

APPLICATION

This week, pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any sins that are contributing to the brokenness within your family. Confess anything He brings to mind, and seek support if necessary (friends, pastors, support/accountability group, counseling – call the church office {440.543.5643} if you need help getting started).

If you are engaged or married, plan to attend the Family Matters Date Night on April 29, 6:30PM-8:30PM at Fellowship. Topics include:

  • How to keep your relationship healthy
  • How to fix your communication
  • How to handle conflict resolution better

Text DATE to 797979 to RSVP.

FOR FURTHER STUDY

The story of David is a beautiful example of the extension of God’s great grace. You’ve already read the story of David and Bathsheba. Read the following references regarding David and his family. What affect did David’s brokenness have on him and on his family?

  • 2 Samuel 13:1-39
  • 2 Samuel 15:7-17
  • 2 Samuel 18:9-15
  • 1 Kings 1:5-14

Read Acts 13:22. Why do you think God calls David “a man after My heart”?

Read Psalm 32 and Psalm 51. What traits to do you see in David that endear him to God?

David’s family was broken. And yet He was considered a man after God’s heart because of his authentic repentance when he was made aware of his sin. How can you emulate David to bring about healing to your broken family?

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