Week 9: November 26-December 2
Read: Matthew 23:1-12 as a Family
Family Activity: Play a variation of Simon Says, don’t give in-depth instructions. In this version, Simon will give a simple instruction verbally (ex. pat your head) but act out something completely different (ex. touch your nose). After each instruction, those who followed the visual demonstration are out, while those that followed the verbal instructions stay in the game for the next round. Mix it up after a few rounds, making your instructions and demonstration match to see if there is hesitation. Ask: Who was confused about the rules of the game? Jesus told the crowds to do what the Pharisee’s told them to do, but not what they saw them do. I bet that was confusing for them!
Family Discussion Starters:
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does this story teach me about myself?
- Are there any commands in this story to obey? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?