Playing For Keeps – Tell Better Stories

(Message 1) What do Mary Lou Knight, C.S. Lewis, and the Bible have in common? They tell good stories. Stories change our lives, they communicate what’s important in ways we can remember. What stories are you telling your kids, your grandkids, your great grandkids? They need to hear about your great story of faith in Jesus and walking with Him. We’re playing for keeps, let’s tell better stories. #GCPlayingForKeeps

One Simple Principle: Tell better stories.


Think Orange
“The church is yellow, symbolizing light. It delivers biblical teaching and a formative environment for young people as they mature in their faith. The home is red, symbolizing love. Nothing influences kids and teens more than family.” (


“But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15b


How to give them a better story:

  • Read great books to them and with them.
  • Live great stories with them.


Start reading.

Key Scripture:

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)

8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Deuteronomy 6:5–7 (NLT)

5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

Joshua 24:1-13 (NLT)

Joshua 24:14-15 (NLT)

14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • When you were growing up did you have a grandparent, teacher, coach or some person in your life who inspired you with their great stories?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Why are stories so important in shaping a child or teenager’s life?
  • When you hear “think orange” at Generations Church what does that mean?
  • Read 1 Peter 5:8.  How did the devil try to devour your life when you were younger?  What can we do as a church to partner with families?  What can you do?
  • Read Deuteronomy 6:5-7.  Discuss the phrase you can’t give away what you don’t have.  How does this command start with us?  How do we live out verse 7?
  • Read Joshua 24:1-13.  Most of the Israelites were very familiar with their own history, why did Joshua recount it?
  • What did Joshua make for himself and his family?  Is that a decision you’ve made for yourself and your family? (Ref Joshua 24:14-15)
  • What do you say to the parent who says, “I don’t want to force my faith on my teenage child?”
  • What one thing can you do this week to improve your relationship with your kids, grandkids or the kids at GC?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Share an impactful or meaningful story of faith with your family or loved ones.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Pray that the Lord will grant you the wisdom and the courage to be storytellers of faith, sharing our experiences, the joys and the challenges, with our families and the other children in our lives, so that they may come to know and love God more deeply.

Start digging. For further study.


Troy Knight

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