THRIVING OAKS MINISTRY
What Making An Arrow Provides the Family
1. Helps parents be intentional about providing an environment of God (love) in the home.
2. A shared family experience of good conversation, eye contact, prayer, and fun.
3. An opportunity to share thoughts and concerns regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your family.
4. Fosters security in knowing your family’s true identity in Christ.
5. A recurring event for the family to embrace that becomes a tradition handed down to your children, grandchildren, and the generations that follow.
To describe the dynamic that takes place while spending time making an arrow is a challenge. A friend of mine once said, “I can explain it to you, I can’t comprehend it for you.” To see it and to experience it is to believe it. It is all the things listed above and more. In his book, “The Good Dad,” Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, describes times like this as moments where the influence of Christ is present. When a dad is engaged and fully there, it is a moment that a son or daughter remembers. It provides the dad the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of his child. It creates a safe environment for kids to be honest and transparent in expressing their feelings without fear of punishment. It helps everyone in the family learn how to celebrate God and His influence on each one of us. It provides an intentional and comfortable way for a dad and mom to lead their family, emotionally and spiritually. The message and the moment work together and are inseparable. Making an arrow helps loosen tongues and gets the good conversation rolling. To make an arrow takes some effort but it is worth it. It makes a way for us to do something very important with our family, yet a lot of fun. Making an arrow gives you and your children something to do that is fun and doesn’t cost a lot. The moment is critical to know your family and who each member of your family is, in Christ, and who they are becoming. That is the beauty of making an arrow. It helps us discover God’s purpose for our lives and get a better understanding of who He wants us to be in Christ.
How to Begin
When we begin an arrow-making session at Thriving Oaks, we don’t assume everyone in the group is a believer. We try to keep it simple to build a very basic foundation of belief. So, we begin by talking about creation. What you believe about the creation of the world determines what you may or may not believe about God. What you believe about God determines everything in your life including choices in friends and how we spend our time. So often, we are intimidated by those who challenge our faith because of our lack of bible knowledge. That is just a lie the enemy uses to keep us convinced, we don’t have what it takes to be confident in expressing truth in what we believe. Romans 1:20 is the only verse you need to know, for now, to defend what you believe about creation. “Because of what has been made, man is without excuse.” The evidence of supernatural design is all around us in what God has made. We talk about how our creator designed the members of our body to work together. There is a tremendous amount of information online that can add to this narrative. We play a video by Brian Doerksen, “Creation Calls,” which is amazing, beautiful, and the lyrics are powerful. There are several versions on youtube. I like the one without lyrics because you can understand the words and the lyrics on the screen tend to distract from the beauty of the video. Make sure you keep it simple. We try to keep the words we speak to a minimum. We use video and songs and we ask questions. “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williamson and “You Say” by Lauren Daigle are two of the songs we play. We like the lyric version so each person can meditate on the words. Here are some of the questions. Age of the group will determine what questions we ask.
1. When you hear the name of God, what are your thoughts?
2. Who is Jesus?
3. Who in your life has the most influence on what you believe about
4. What is my purpose for living?
5. What am I good at?
Who God Says I Am
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