Boundaries with Family Discussion Guide

Sermon Summary 🎬

In my sermon today, I explored the complex dynamics of family relationships and the importance of setting holy boundaries within them. I acknowledged the challenges that come with family ties, some of which we choose and others we inherit. I read from Proverbs 10:23, which contrasts the enjoyment of folly with the pleasure of living wisely, and shared a personal reflection on the allure of spontaneity in relationships and the eventual need for sensibility. The core of my message was illustrated through the story of Abigail, Nabal, and David from 1 Samuel 25.

I emphasized that it's okay to have boundaries with family members whose behavior is foolish or harmful. I referenced Proverbs 26:5, which advises answering fools lest they become wise in their own eyes, and how Abigail's actions aligned with this wisdom.

Bible Reading 📖

Observation Questions 💬

  1. What actions did Abigail take upon learning of the conflict between David and Nabal, and how did she approach David?
  2. How did Nabal's response to David's request reflect the attitude described in Proverbs 10:23?
  3. In the story of Abigail, Nabal, and David, what consequences did Nabal face for his actions?
  4. Reflecting on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, what significance does the act of communion hold in remembering Jesus' sacrifice?

Interpretation Questions 💬

  1. What can we learn from Abigail's initiative and wisdom in dealing with a potential disaster?
  2. How does the contrast between folly and wisdom in Proverbs 10:23 apply to our daily decision-making?
  3. Considering Proverbs 26:5, how should one respond to foolish behavior in a way that aligns with wisdom?
  4. How does participating in communion serve as a reminder of our relationship with God and with one another?

Application Questions 💬

  1. Identify a situation in your life where you need to act with wisdom like Abigail. What specific steps will you take to address it?
  2. Think of a time when you encountered foolish behavior. How did you respond, and how could you apply the principle from Proverbs 26:5 in future situations?
  3. Reflect on your family relationships. Are there any boundaries you need to establish to maintain your spiritual health? What action will you take this week to set or reinforce these boundaries?
  4. As you prepare for communion, what is one area of your life that you need to confess and seek forgiveness for? How will you approach this act of reconciliation?
  5. Consider the church community as your extended family. What is one way you can strengthen your connection with this family this week?Identify a relationship in your life that encourages wisdom and growth. What specific steps can you take this week to strengthen that relationship?

1 Comment

Heather - April 15th, 2024 at 3:18pm

I think the church needs to work on extending there family to church people inside church most people inside church dont treat u like family they act like ur not there