SuperStart Family Discussion Guide
Power Up: Elevating the Power of God’s Word
“[Jesus] said, ‘blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.’” (Luke 11:28, ESV)
This year at SuperStart, the teaching was focused on the power of God’s Word and how to elevate its importance in the lives of preteens by helping them see it as a “power up”.
The term “power up” is often used in video games to represent an item that allows a character them to do something they could not do before. Mario jumps higher and runs faster by collecting a mushroom while Pac-man eats more ghosts after eating a power pellet.
Throughout the course of the days and weeks to come, use these questions and activities for the basis of natural conversation with your child. This can be conversation at dinner or in the car, while playing a game, or during night time prayers.
Here are the three main sessions aimed to help your child see God’s Word (the Bible) as a power up:
Know what is wise.
God’s word gives the power to be wise.
Preteens make lots of bad choices, sometimes without realizing it. As their primary spiritual leader, your role as a parent is to help them know they have a place to go for wisdom and understanding to make the right choices—the Bible!
Activity: Ask your child what games they like to play (video games, board games, etc.). Discuss any power ups that exist in the game. Play the game alongside your child. Even if you find the game ridiculously boring, your child will appreciate your effort to enter their world.
Read & discuss: Read Proverbs 2:6 together, and ask your child the following questions.
- How does the Lord give wisdom?
- Tell me about a time you make a bad choice. Why did you do it? How do you know what is the right thing and the wrong thing to do?
- Share a time that you made a bad choice and how your actions contradicted the truth in the Bible. (This will help you relate to your child, reinforcing the fact that we are all sinners and need God’s wisdom in our life.) As Christians, we all seek God as our authority and continuously fall short; but God took our punishment for us on the cross (Romans 3:23-24).
- Discuss how there is no better place to go for true wisdom than the Bible.
Fight when temptations arise.
God’s word gives the power to fight temptations.
Temptation is different than sin. Temptation is the strong desire to do something bad because we believe the lie it will be fun or good for us. As hard as it is for adults, imagine how difficult it is for a preteen. Parents can equip their children with the knowledge that the truth in the Bible is our weapon (Ephesians 6) to withstand and fight those lies.
Activity: Play two truths and a lie. This is a game where each player makes three statements, two being true and one a lie. The object of the game is for the other player to correctly guess which two statements are true and which is the lie.
- Example: Ice cream is my favorite food. I once broke my arm playing soccer. I’ve never had long hair. (The second player must guess which one is the lie.)
Read & discuss: Read Matthew 4:1-13 together, and ask your child the following questions:
- What is temptation? (a strong desire to do something bad because we believe the lie that it will be good for us)
- What was Jesus tempted to do in this story? (Satan told him to make bread out of stones, knowing he was hungry.)
- How does Jesus respond to this temptation? (Instead of giving in to the temptation, Jesus remembered what God’s word says. Jesus faced the temptation but did not sin.)
- What kinds of things are you tempted to do? How should you respond?
Do God’s work in my life.
God’s word gives the power to do kingdom work.
God has called each one of us to do kingdom work – to look around the world, see where God is working and join Him in it. Through God’s Word, preteens can receive the power to do kingdom work.
Activity: Have your child re-tell one of their favorite stories to you, as if you’d never heard it. Have them explain all of the details of that story. This could be a favorite memory, recalling a fun vacation, or telling about a really funny moment. Have them go into the details of what happened and how it made them feel.
- Next, help them tell God’s story (the gospel message). At SuperStart, your child was challenged to spread God’s word by using Lego blocks to tell others about the gospel. Encourage them to explain the gospel to you using Legos.
Check out this illustrated guide for sharing the gospel with Legos.
Read & discuss: Read 2 Timothy 3:16 together, and ask your child the following questions:
- How much of the Bible is true? (All of it!)
- In what ways can the truth in the Bible help us? (It teaches us what is true and corrects us when we are wrong.)
- Who is somebody in your life who needs to hear God’s Word?
- How, when, and where can you share the gospel message with them?