Set the Table Week 1 – Discussion Guide
Set the table for a Spirit-filled legacy in your family.
Most everyone has one favorite meal or dessert that only mom could make best. What is the one you most vividly recall?
As our lives have become more hectic and more things have begun to vie for our attention, the center of the home has changed. Historically, the “table” was the centerpiece of the home. The table was a place where families gathered for meals, to play games, plan vacations, fold clothes, and to have prayer. Today we begin a new series on family, and we will learn to set the table to form a Spirit-filled legacy for our families.
Primary Scriptures: Psalm 128:3 and Deuteronomy 6:4-7
- Sunday dinner used to be the time of week when families gathered around the table for a meal after church. Much time was spent sharing and getting to know each other. Memories were made during this meal that last a lifetime. How do you think the Psalm we read portrays this scene? Can you share an example of how you experienced this in your family history–or how you want to experience this in your family in the future?
- Pastor Michele quoted John Piper: “God is most satisfied when we are most satisfied with Him”. What do you think this means? Where do you seek satisfaction for your needs and wants?
- We must set the table for the legacy of our families before it is set for us. We must be intentional in providing our families spiritual nourishment. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. Brainstorm specific examples of how you can remember and talk about God during each of the times listed in verse 7.
- Pastor Michelle said, “set enough on the table that there are spiritual leftovers for your children to take home with them to their tables after they leave.” This is an obvious reference to the legacy we leave, but how do we ensure there are “leftovers”? What must we do to provide enough that those that come after us can carry on the same “spiritual meal”?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Getting to know you: How is God using this group to equip you to spiritually feed yourself? How is He preparing you to feed others?
Getting to know them: How can your group nourish and encourage each other during the week between meetings?
Getting to know Him: We learned this week that the place settings are centered around the plate. The plate is the place where the substance is that nourishes us. Let’s fill our hearts with substance. This week memorize Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Engaging at Faith Promise: As you greet those around you during service this week, take time to share a word of encouragement or something that you have seen God do this week.
Engaging in Community: Take the time to listen to your neighbors and your co-workers as they share with you. Ask how you can pray for them this week.
Engaging the World: As our attention spans grow shorter and we become more accustomed to hearing sound bites instead of stories, remember that we do not have to be physically at the same table to “break bread together.” This term merely means to share fellowship as you share a meal. This week as you are on social media, “break bread” with your domestic and international friends. Take a few moments to share something of substance with them.