Bearing Fruit in the Fall: 3 Ideas for Exhibiting Faithfulness

Faithfulness is the characteristic of reliability and the trait of loyalty. God is faithful and we can always count on Him. A faithful person is one who does what they say.

Consider these 3 ideas for exhibiting faithfulenss in your life and your family.

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Couples

BEST USE

Date night discussion on the fruit of faithfulness

ADVANCE PREP

A Bible, pen and paper

STEP ONE

Read Luke 16:10 together. This verse tells us being a faithful person starts in small ways.

STEP TWO

Each of you create a list of “little big things” in which your spouse has shown himself or herself faithful in your relationship and in life. The following examples may prompt other ideas…

  • Shows up to work on time and works hard
  • Makes being home for dinner a priority
  • Spends within our means
  • Avoids time alone or connection with the opposite sex
  • Shows the kids affection

STEP THREE

Read the list to your spouse and explain why this “little” thing is “big” to you. Examples may include…

  • “You avoid time with the opposite sex which makes me feel more secure.”
  • “You work hard on your job showing me you are willing to sacrifice for your family and that brings us a sense of stability.”
  • “You help us spend our money wisely which keeps us out of serious debt.”

STEP FOUR

Celebrate one another’s “little big things” by sharing a favorite specialty coffee or dessert.

STEP FIVE

Pray and thank God for His faithfulness and the ways your spouse models faithfulness.


Parents / Kids

BEST USE

Conversation during drive time about faithfulness and how we can trust God

ADVANCE PREP

A Bible and a vehicle

STEP ONE

Take a drive to run errands or to go get a special treat. Before you leave, have someone in the family read Deuteronomy 7:9. God is faithful! We can trust Him and His Word. When times are tough or we don’t understand things, we can trust that the God who loves us is in control.

STEP TWO

While driving, be on the lookout for old cars or trucks. Those vehicles must be faithful for the owner to still be driving it around. Look for other old things like trees or buildings. Discuss how they have stood the test of time. If something is faithful, we trust it. The same is true of people. Faithful people are trustworthy.

Suggestion

If you are stopping to get a special treat, use the remaining step as you eat together. If not, use it when you arrive at your destination.

STEP THREE

Luke 16:10 says “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” What are some little ways you can be faithful? What are some bigger ways you can be faithful (e.g. telling truth, do what you say you will do, obeying parents, obeying God’s Word)?

PRAY

Finish your time as you pray and ask God to help your family connect with Him so that you can be more faithful and dependable. Thank Him that He is trustworthy, in control and that we can trust Him.

Parents / Teens

BEST USE

An activity with older children/teens to consider the faithfulness of God and how our ability to display this fruit overflows from His faithfulness to us

ADVANCE PREP

Find a setting to take pictures of different sports teams. Bring a digital camera/smart phone, pen and paper.

STEP ONE

Parents and teens should take five pictures of different sports teams found on signs, bumper stickers, in stores, yards, houses, or anywhere outside the home. The only rule is that you cannot take a picture of the same team more than once.

STEP TWO

After the pictures have been taken, make a list of all the sports teams represented.

STEP THREE

Each person explain which two teams they think have the most loyal fans. Discuss why these fans would be more loyal. Is their loyalty most likely a result of the team or the fans?

STEP FOUR

It is easy to be loyal when your team is winning but harder when they lose. Faithfulness is similar to loyalty but goes so much deeper. It means to be loyal and reliable. Read Psalm 86:15 to see that God is abounding in love and faithfulness. Part of His character is a never-ending supply of faithfulness.

STEP FIVE

Each person name at least one person who has proven themself loyal and reliable. Describe what that has meant in your life.

STEP SIX

Go around and speak one-sentence prayers thanking God for being faithful and for those named in step five that model faithfulness to us.

David Barrett