Week 1 | We begin
Reading plan: Genesis 12 - 15

Video Resources: 
Please take a look at the video to the right. 

Small Group Questions:

  • What comes to mind when you think of the word family?

  • What makes your family unique?

  • Work together as a group to list a few families from the Bible. What words best describe the families you listed?

  • How is your family similar/different than the families you just discussed from the Bible?

  • Do you have a picture in your mind of a perfect family? If so, where does that image come from? Does having that image help?

  • Read Romans 9:6-9.  Who are included as the children of the promise in verse 8?

  • Take a moment and bless or affirm at least one thing you appreciate about another person/family in your group.

Week 2 | Purpose
Reading Plan: Genesis 16-26

Video Resources
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  • https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/VideoElement/231061

Small Group Questions:

  • Have you ever had someone bigger or older than you look out for you? If so, how did it make you feel?

  • Read Genesis 17:1-8. What stands out to you?

  • How do you think Abraham was feeling about God’s promise to look out for him and his family?

  • Read Genesis 17:15-17. Take a moment to discuss this from Abraham’s perspective. What do you think was most significant to Abraham?

  • Has God ever told you something that seemed out of the ordinary?

  • God’s promise to Abraham would impact generations to come, and eventually people from every nation. Take a moment to discuss how God’s promise to Abraham has impacted you.

  • What is your family’s top priority—rallying cry—right now?

  • What are you and/or your family connected to that will outlast you?

Week 3 |Faithfulness
Reading Plan: Genesis 27 - 36

Video Resources

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  • https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/illustration/98274

Small Group Questions:

  • Do you/your family have a special place to visit or go on holidays?

  • Do you/your family have a place that has spiritual significance to you?

  • Family mistakes have a way of creating their own folklore. Read about some of the mistakes made by Abraham and his family. Choose one or two of the following: Genesis 12:8-20, 27, 34, 38. Do you have any legendary family stories you feel comfortable sharing? (? - is this last question simply encouraging gossiping?)

  • Big mistakes in a family often lead to shame and pull us away from God. Read Genesis 13:4 and Genesis 35:1-15. After a big mistake Abraham and Jacob return to a sacred space to re-centre on God. Think about a time when you responded to a mistake by re-centering on God. Think about a time when you responded to a mistake by sitting in shame and guilt. What were the advantages and disadvantages of your different reactions.

  • After all of the mistakes Abraham and his family made, God did not disqualify their family from blessing the nations. Have you ever disqualified yourself or your family from God’s promises?

  • How could you re-centre yourself or your family on God’s promise?

Week 4 | Transference
Reading plan: Genesis 46 - 50

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Small Group Questions:

  • How connected did you feel to your family growing up? How connected do you feel to family/friends now?

  • What have you done, or seen other families do, to build connection or a sense of belonging among family/friends?

  • Does your family have important traditions that have been passed from one generation to the next?

  • Read Genesis 48:8-22. Discuss this experience from the perspective of Jacob. Read it again and discuss it from the perspective of Joseph. Read it one more time and this time think about it from the perspective of Ephraim and Manasseh.

  • Have you ever given or received a blessing like the one Jacob spoke over Ephraim and Manasseh? If so, what was it like?

  • God’s promise to Abraham was never intended to remain a secret. Take a moment and consider someone you could share God’s promise with. How could this group help you with that?

  • As a group, take some time to pray together and speak words of blessing over one another.

Week 5 |Reconciliation
Reading plan: Genesis 37 - 45

Video Resources: 
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Small Group Questions:

  • Growing up, did your family tend to embrace conflict or run from it?

  • Read Genesis 42:1-7. If you were Joseph, what would you do? What are the biggest factors in making this decision?

  • As a young boy Joseph witnessed his father and uncle reconcile. Read Genesis 12-13:11. Try to imagine that experience as a child. How do you think Joseph’s experience as a child impacted his decision as an adult?

  • Can you think of a time you deliberately chose reconciliation over allowing resentment to build?

  • Is there a friend or family member you need to reconcile with? How can this group support you in that decision? Take a moment to pray for one another.