by Dan Lentz
1. List three things your parents did when raising you that you definitely didn’t or wouldn’t plan to do with your own kids. Now list three things your parents did when raising you that you definitely did or will plan to do with your children.
Read Judges 13:1-8, 24, 25.
2. Israel had fallen into a sinful pattern again. A leader was needed to help shepherd Israel back to the Lord. If you were the parent tasked with raising the next leader of Israel, how would you feel about that task (excited, cautious, motivated, fearful)? Why?
3. Samson’s father Manoah asked the Lord for additional guidance for raising their son. The Lord, through an angel, explained the importance of being obedient to the Nazirite training. Thinking about today’s younger generation, what, in your opinion, is the most important area of obedience for young leaders?
4. What steps can we take in our families to dedicate our children and younger generations to the Lord?
5. If you have kids of your own at home, or if you can do devotions with a younger person on a regular basis, then brainstorm as a group how you can support one another in doing intergenerational devotions on a routine basis. Provide accountability for one another so that your plan gets put into motion.
Close by praying for those young people who are close to your heart.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.