Wonder @ Home // June 4-10
This Week In God's Big Story
Paul shares the qualities, or spiritual fruit, that develop in us as we follow God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, transforming us to look more like Jesus.
Wonder Truth: God Helps Us Be Like Jesus
Scripture: Galatians 5
Word of Wonder
Work together this week on memorizing this verse!
But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself
Galatians 5:22 (NIrV)
Wonder About It
- What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of his Big Story?
- How do you see God's story as being apart of your own?
Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.
- What are some ways we can follow the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives?
- Think back to last year. In what ways are you more like Jesus now than you were then?
- How does reading the Bible help us become more like Jesus?
- Who is the best person with whom to talk when we have a decision to make or when we don’t know how to respond to something that happens to us?
- Can we become like Jesus if we aren’t connected to God? Why or why not?
Connect that fruit!
Gather whatever fruit you have at home—grapes, blueberries, apples, clementines, etc. You will also need either toothpicks or dried spaghetti noodles that have been broken into pieces.
Work together or separately to build structures out of the fruit, using toothpicks or dried spaghetti noodles to connect them. (You may need to cut some of the larger fruit into pieces.) If making the structures separately, you could have a competition to see whose is the tallest or strongest. Be creative with your fruit engineering! Sturdy fruits like apple pieces or grapes will do better as a fruit foundation than softer fruits like berries or citrus. You may have to build flat against the table with softer fruits, making shapes and designs horizontally rather than vertically.
These fruit pieces aren’t strong when they are by themselves, but when put together with toothpicks, the pieces become stronger, taller, and bigger. In the same way, we can’t follow all the rules in the Bible on our own. When we follow Jesus, He gives us His Spirit to live in us. The Spirit helps us become strong and gives us the fruit of the Spirit as we become more like Jesus
Fruit in your family
Gather fruit readily available in your home that has a skin on the outside of it (such as a banana, apple, pear, or orange) along with a pen or permanent marker. Gather your family around the table with the fruit and writing utensils. (Don’t have fruit? Use a piece of blank paper and draw pieces of fruit.) Take turns going around the table, allowing each family member to share, highlighting spiritual fruit that is visible in each other. Refer to Galatians 5:22–23 for a list of spiritual fruit. As family members share, each should take a turn writing the spiritual fruit mentioned on an actual piece of fruit and give it to the person they are talking about as a visual representation of a spiritual truth. If the fruit has a thick skin like an orange or banana, feel free to peel and enjoy the fruit! As you taste the sweet flavor of this fruit, remember the sweet qualities that God is visibly developing in you.