FAMILY STUDY GUIDE
Parents, use this section to talk to your family about this week’s Big Idea at home!
JOURNEY KIDSBIG IDEA: Celebrate what God has made!
DO: Get creating! Using playdoh, or other fun art supplies (markers, glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, etc), let your child create a new animal. After they complete it, ask them to name it whatever they want!
SAY: Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to create new animals and name them whatever you want? What are some things that God has made? God made everything, including boys and girls! In the beginning, everything was perfect, but then sin entered the world and things changed. God made girls and boys for a reason! A world without the other would be weird! God made girls and boys differently on purpose! Each of them have a purpose, too. We are purposefully different and we should celebrate that, because that’s how God made us!
READ: Help your child read Genesis 1:27.
PRAY: God, thank You for making boys and girls. Thank You for Your perfect design! Help us to celebrate the differences that You have made in each of us. Amen.
JRNYTHBIG IDEA: Easy to be male. Got wants to cultivate men.
READ: 1 Corinthians 16:13,14
SAY: God has created each of you guys to be Cultivators. That just means you have a desire to want to build, create, grow, and make things as BIG as possible. But, when we haven't given our lives to God, those desire to want to build, create, and create can actually work against us in the long run. God intends for you to use those desire to cultivate to better yourself, your family, and your friends and be that example for them, by allowing God to use you.
ASK: What are some things you have a passion to create, build, and grow? Why might being a cultivator be a bad thing? How can you use the cultivation God has given you to help grow the relationships around you?
When we read the Book of Genesis we see a man in a garden. That’s how the story of the human race is started, with a man in a garden. God tells us to cultivate and grow the world into something beautiful. God told Adam to be fruitful and multiply, to grow. This is where we find ourselves in culture. We forget that our job as men is to cultivate a garden. The drive that men have is God-given. When God breathed life into the heart of Adam, he breathed a call to build something. To develop something. To dream about the future. This is why we build skyscrapers and iPhones that keep getting faster and better. This is why we are always conjuring up new ways to solve the problems that plague us. This is why our cars get faster our houses get bigger and why we go for the three-plate bench press or the twelve-point buck. It’s in our coding. It’s in our DNA and who we are. To be a man is easy, to live a life spend cultivating is easy as well. To be a man that cultivates the right things and creates a more beautiful world is one of the most spiritual practices of Christian men.
What do you cultivate? Just as we have a tendency to cultivate the things of God (our marriage, our children, our careers, our ministry) we can equally cultivate the things of this world (our lustful desires, our anger, our greed, our bitterness). The gift that God gave us is the desire to grow things and build, but He doesn’t force us to cultivate one thing over the other. That is up to us. This week, pay attention to what you are cultivating. Look at your bank statements and your calendar. Where are you spending your time and money? It can be so easy to cultivate the wrong things in life. We need to focus on the big picture and cultivate the things that have eternal value.
Read the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. It shows us the heart of God and challenges us to join Him while discovering what true masculinity looks like along the way.
Lesson #1 - Be Watchful
1 Corinthians 16:13 says, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” Basic self-awareness tells us where we are weak. Whether it is with lust, pride, and anger we know the areas that are hardest for us to overcome. However, instead of looking at that as a negative, look at it as a blessing because you know where the enemy will try to strike. When we are watchful, we become aware at where the enemy will try to strike. When we are aware of the enemy’s tactics, we can avoid them easier.
Lesson #2 - You are Whole in Him
There is no person in this world that can fill the hole in our heart. There isn’t a woman on this planet that can heal the deepest parts of your soul. There isn’t a job that will provide ultimate satisfaction or any goal achieved that will make you feel whole. The only thing that can provide you with lasting hope is your relationship with God. Allow Him to heal your soul and fill the hole in your heart.