One of the best things about social media is that it gives us an instant way to communicate. Think about it! When something major happens in the world, not only can you find out about it right away, but you can also start talk about it as soon as you do! Thanks to social media, you can say anything to anyone at anytime you want. While that is pretty cool, sometimes communicating through social media can cause us to forget that there are actual people on the other side of our screens. And when we forget those other people, we also forget the impact what we say can have on them. We forget to filter our words. This week, we’ll look back at what Paul has to say to his friends in the book of Ephesians. He gives them advice on how to filter their words wisely that, when we apply it to our own lives, will give the things we say the power to build rather than break.
Take some time to re-connect! Share a high and a low from your day or the last week.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Ephesians 4:29-5:2 NIV
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Talk about the last time you saw someone use social media to tear down someone else.
Why do you think it’s easier to say hurtful things on social media than it is to say them to someone’s face?
Why do you think it’s easier to tear someone down than it is to build someone up?
If you see someone you know being torn down on social media, what can you do?
This week, what’s one thing you want to do to build someone up on social media? Keep your eyes open for someone who needs your encouragement!
Read through the 8th Commandment in the Small Catechism.
Why do you think this commandment was included?
How does the idea of building up and tearing down relate to this commandment?
O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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Weekly posts pertaining to the Confirmation Lessons for the week. A great way for families to have conversations of faith at home, on the road, or around a meal.