When Relationships Collide Session 1: Introduction Option for Parents

To help introduce this lesson about conflicts within the body of Christ, enlist a volunteer to read the paragraph about trivial conflicts on page 74. Ask: What is the silliest conflict your family has ever had? How long did it take for you to realize it probably wasn’t worth the energy? Discuss responses.

Write the words “here” and “now” on a whiteboard or tear sheet, if available. Point out that many conflicts (even among believers) relate to how we see things playing out where we are (here) and when we are (now). Affirm the importance of the “10,000 foot view” that gives us the big picture.

Show parents the video of Toby Mac’s song “City on Our Knees.”  After the video, remind them of the importance of “starting here” and “starting now” in dealing with conflicts and creating a resolution. Highlight lines such as “through the fog there is hope in the distance” and “we are one choice from together.”

Explain that today’s lesson focuses on a family conflict—two sisters whose different approaches created stress. Encourage parents to reflect on how Jesus urged the ladies to reject the conflict by using the “here” and “now” to build a vision for a greater future. Challenge them to find ways to apply these principles to their own lives and the way conflict is handled under their own roof.

We want to hear from you! How are you introducing the topic of conflict resolution with the parents in your class or small group?

bobThe options for parents for the When Relationships Collide unit were written by Bob Bunn. Bob helps develop stewardship curriculum and resources for churches for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He is the author of Indelible Parenting, a four week study for parents based on Deuteronomy 6. He and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville with their three teenagers. 

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