Deep Discipleship: Knowledge
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
OVERVIEW OF THE KNOWLEDGE ROOT:
God is enormous. He’s too big, too awesome, and too complicated to wrap our minds around. Yet he wants us to know him. He wants a relationship with us, so he has revealed himself in a number of ways. Creation tells us about God. The world around us is covered in his fingerprints. The Bible tells the story of God’s relationship with his people over the centuries. It also gives us names that describe him—Creator, Almighty, Holy One—and metaphors to help us connect with him—Father, Rock, Shepherd. He sent his Son, Jesus, to live on earth as fully God and fully man, “God with us.” And he sent the Holy Spirit to comfort us and unite us to him. We will never know everything about God. But in order to become his disciples, we need to know some essential truths about the One we follow.
THE PARENT GUIDE:
We realize that you, as parents, are the primary faith influencers in a young person’s life. The best disciple making takes place when students’ parents take the lead. That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide for you to use at home with your child. It is designed to give you some basic information about what is being taught at church through the Deep Discipleship program, along with some helpful tools, suggestions, and ques- tions to help you reinforce this learning at home.
MAIN TOPICS COVERED:
1) Knowledge Intro Lesson: This lesson introduces and sets the stage for the Knowledge of God Root.
It’s designed to get students thinking about how they can know God and how knowing him will affect their daily lives.
2) Revealed: How do we know about God?
This lesson teaches student about how God reveals himself and his ways to us. Students will
dive into discussions about the general and special ways God reveals himself to the world. Bible Pas- sage: Acts 10:17–48
3) The Hound of Heaven: How does God pursue his children?
Based on the poem “Hound of Heaven” published in 1892 by Francis Thompson, this lesson is all about how does God pursues his children. Bible Passage: Acts 9:1–22
4) A Higher Justice: How do God’s mercy and justice go together?
This lesson seeks to explain how does God right the wrongs of the world according to his love and mer- cy. Bible Passage: Matthew 20:1–16
5) The Omni’s: How big is the God we serve?
By learning about the “omni’s” found in Scripture, students will grapple with how big the God we serve really is. Bible Passage: John 4:1–30
> Omnipresence (God is everywhere): Jeremiah 23:24; Proverbs 15:3; Colossians 1:17
>Omniscience (God is all knowing): Psalm 147:5; 1 Samuel 2:3; Hebrews 4:13
> Omnipotent (God is all powerful): Matthew 19:26; Jeremiah 32:27; Isaiah 44:24
QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOUR CHILD:
1) What are some things that happen in this world that you think break God’s heart? Do those things break your heart, too? God is a God of mercy and justice. How have you seen that play out in your life and in the world around you?
2) What injustices in our world are you most passionate about wanting to change? Do you ever think about using your life now to help bring justice and mercy to people who need it?
3) Which one of the “omni’s” is most impressive to you? Why? Which one gives you the most comfort? Why so?
4) What is one aspect of “general revelation” (how God reveals himself in nature and through the moral code on our hearts) that speaks directly to you? Why?