Table Talk – Why Mom and Dad Are So Important

Ask this: Begin by asking your family to say the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the following words: Peanut Butter and _______, Cookies and _______, salt and ______, socks and ______, chips and _______, toothbrush and _______, pencil and _______, Phineas and ______, Batman and ______. Isn’t it amazing how some things just naturally and logically go together?

(Note: there are no wrong answers. Use this to have fun.)

Say This: Let’s try one more: Husband and _______. From the beginning, God’s intention was to bring men and women together through the institution of marriage. God made men and women with many differences, but designed these differences so that one could compliment and complete the other. Let’s read in the Bible how God originally brought men and women together.

Read This: Genesis 2:20-24

20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  Genesis 2:20-24

Marriage is important to God because He created it. The Bible shows us how vital marriage is by using it as a picture of our own relationship with God (Eph. 5:21-32). Jesus also affirmed both the design and significance of marriage in his teaching.

Read This: Matthew 19:4-6

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  Matthew 19:4-6

Although our culture is increasingly attempting to redefine God’s design for marriage, the Bible makes it clear that marriage is meant to be between one man and one woman; united for life and faithful to each other; with intimacy and love that reflects Him; bringing new life into the world; and raising children who love Him and love others.

Ask This:

(Elementary Age)

What are some things that mom does for our family that she is uniquely designed to do? What are some things that I do for our family that God has uniquely designed me to do?

What are some ways that mommy and I are different from one another? What are some ways that our differences compliment each other?

(Middle and High School Age)

Have you been involved in any discussions at school about homosexuality? What opinions did you hear?

What is your understanding of God’s view of homosexuality? What is the basis of your beliefs on homosexuality?

As a Christian, how have you/will you respond to someone who is openly homosexual?

Pray This: Dear God, thank you for the gift of marriage, and for my wonderful wife and children. I pray that you would help our family to love and serve you so that others might see your image in our lives. Thank for your love and forgiveness. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Try This: Make some popcorn, pile-up the family on the coach, and watch your wedding video. Have fun joking about the dated clothing and hairstyles, but be sure to talk about the significance of this day, and how it was the beginning of your family.

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© Faith for Fathers, 7/15

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