Home Connection Week of Sep 23

CONFRONTING SIN

Know: Elijah followed God’s direction and confronted Ahab regarding his wickedness.

Think: I will stand against sin, knowing I am always in God’s care.

Do: Confess and repent of all sin, and share the truth of God’s Word regarding sin when directed by the Lord.

READ: LISTEN TO GOD

Read 1 Kings 16:29—17:7; 18:1-18. Confrontation, as awkward as it may be, is a necessary thing. It is one of the means by which God purges His people and accomplishes His perfect plan.

PRAY: TALK TO GOD

Follow God’s leading, knowing you are always in His care. Pray that you and your family will be able to trust that God’s plan is better than your own, knowing that He wants what is best for you.

DO: WALK WITH GOD

OPTION 1: Ahab led Israel away from God and into a period of devastation because of his sin. Because of Elijah’s obedience during the time of devastation, God protected and provided for him. God called Elijah to confront Ahab’s idolatry, but Ahab refused to listen or change his ways. Set up an obstacle course for your children, but have them complete it blindfolded, once with no guidance and once with you directing them. Talk to them about how it was so much easier and they ran into less stuff when they were listening to the person who could see the course. In the same way, and like Elijah, when we follow God’s will, He will guide, protect, and care for us.

OPTION 2: Enlist the help of one of your family members that may have some acting skills. Be sure and inform them of the following details. Begin your time together as you normally would. Ask your family if “anyone has anything else you’d like to share.” At this point, your “accomplice” should speak up and say that “I know that this is probably not the best time to do this but I need to get some things off my chest. This week, you offended me by…” It could be that they saw you somewhere that you shouldn’t be, you said something offensive to them, you didn’t handle a situation in a biblical way, or something of their own choosing.

At first, you should attempt to deny the “charges” but then hang your head in shame. Allow the silence of the moment to become awkward as you say nothing. After a couple moments, break the silence by letting your family know that this was a staged event and none of the previous charges or accusations were true.

TODDLERS/KINDERGARTEN

Today your child learned King Solomon filled the temple with many items, including the Ark of the Covenant. Then the people worshiped and thanked God. The Lord entered the Temple in the form of a cloud. I Can Worship the Lord as Solomon and the people did.

ELEMENTARY

Today your student learned neither King Ahab, nor his wife, Jezebel, followed God. They wanted a vineyard that belonged Naboth, but he refused to sell it to them. Jezebel told lies about Naboth, which led to his death. But God was aware of what they had done. He sent a prophet, Elijah, to tell Ahab and Jezebel the consequences of their sin.

JR/SR HIGH

Studying Elijah’s life in 1 Kings 17 provides a model for taking a stand against sin. This is really hard for teenagers to do, especially because the opinions of their peers are so important to them. When you see bullying, abuse, injustice, or harm, you need to take a stand. Talk with your teen about the right way to confront sin. When should someone be confrontational and when should he be a peacemaker? When should you speak out and when should you be silent? These are always hard decisions, and nobody wants to be labeled as a tattletale. Talk with your student about the power of one person to make a difference.