Let's Talk About Family Bonds

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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Mark 3:31-35

His mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent word to him, calling for him. 32 A crowd was seated around him, and those sent to him said, “Look, your mother, brothers, and sisters are outside looking for you.”

33 He replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Looking around at those seated around him in a circle, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother, sister, and mother.”


Key Verse:

Whoever does God’s will is my brother, sister, and mother. —Mark 3:35



Even Jesus’ family experienced tension and discord. In these verses Jesus’ mother and brothers are looking for him, and Jesus took this opportunity to redefine family. Jesus’ reaction to his family may seem harsh, but his purpose was not to belittle his mom or brothers. Instead, he was making a point that the bonds holding together the family of faith are just as strong—or even stronger—than those that hold together parents and children and brothers and sisters. The family of faith is not without tension or discord, but we can lean on our Christian brothers and sisters when we face stress in other areas of our life.


Questions to Discuss:

How is your Christian family similar to and different from your biological family?

As part of the family of God, how can you help others who struggle with family relationships?

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