Study Guide: The Family Is Of God | May 2018

Image by Krista Horton

Image by Krista Horton

There has been a lot of darkness in the world lately. Every day, there is another headline (or several) that leaves the reader with a feeling of heaviness, sometimes in despair. 

Take these headlines, for example… 

Toronto van attack: Three Pedestrians Killed

Three shot at YouTube Headquarters

Four killed, two injured in Waffle House shooting

Syria chemical attack, scores killed in Douma

With all of this, how does any light get through? How can we look upward, and lift where we stand? 

As I’ve thought about these issues, and the sorrow of many has weighed on my heart, some questions have risen to the surface. I want to share them with you now. 

What would the world be like if everyone knew their true identity as children of God?

How would your life change if you saw everyone around you, stranger and friend alike, through the eyes of God, as one of His children and a member of your family? 

How would your life change if everyone around you could see you as one of God’s children?

I want you to take a moment and really let these questions sink in. These aren’t just platitudes. This truth is the key to making a difference in the world. 

This next list shows the good that can come from people who choose love…

More than 70 volunteers fix up childhood home, so homeless veteran can move back in

Florida high school teacher talks down school shooter

Truckers line up to save suicidal man

Waffle House shooting hero raises thousands of dollars for victims’ families

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This month, as we study the family, I want you to make a special effort to remember the bigger picture: 

We are all children of God. We are all part of God’s family.

Though the world is full of discord and people who are offended, who betray one another, and hate one another; though there are false prophets who rise and deceive many; though iniquity abounds and the love of many has waxed cold (Matthew 24:10-12), yet we can choose to reflect our divine nature in every word and every deed. We can choose to love all of God’s children. 

This month’s study guide first takes a step back and focuses on these bigger topics and what they can mean in our lives. The second section returns inward to focus on strengthening our personal family relationships. Our hope is that you will use this simple guide as a springboard for deeper study. Please share with us your insights and moments of inspiration as you join with us in studying and pondering the family of God. Use the hashtags #thesmallseed or #nourishtheseed on Instagram or Facebook so we can follow along and see what you are learning as you study!



Megan Grant

Megan is the Study Guide Editor for The Small Seed. A wife, mom of three, and erstwhile attorney, she is on a quest to create a joyful life sustained by grace and the power that comes through obedience.