fifty-six Parent’s Guide for September 24-30

Your Move: Lesson 3

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MATTHEW 5:43-44 (NLT)

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

MATTHEW 18:21-22  (NLT)

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!


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Bottom Line

When your family fights,
your move is to forgive.

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Focus of Teaching for This Series

Nothing can bring out the crazy in you quite like family. Am I right?

Deep down your kids know you probably aren’t plotting to make their life difficult, but some days it feels like that is exactly what is happening.

Maybe that’s why we tend to respond to our family the same way we respond to sports or a video game—we strategize.

Your preteen makes a move to get what she wants, but her step-brother blocks her. So, she makes a different move. And so does he.

It’s endless. Literally. Because unlike other relationships in our lives, the one we have with our family isn’t going anywhere.

You can quit a sports team. You can leave the marching band. You can change schools.

But your family? They’ll always be your family. That’s why it’s such a big deal that we figure out how to live with them now.

Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about how we live with and treat other people.

And while it probably won’t help your son figure out how to get his sister to leave the bathroom in under an hour, it can give him some real, helpful advice on how to make the best move when it comes to the people who love him and aggravate him the most— family.

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Key Question

Who in your family do you need to forgive?

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Social Media

You will see us posting these images and others like it to connect the weekend teaching with the everyday life of preteen students. Feel free to post this on your own social media accounts and tag us with @mpccfiftysix or just use it to text or email to your own child(ren).

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Teaching Summary

This week, we’re applying Jesus’ teachings about loving our enemies to our family dynamics. Because, let’s face it, sometimes it feels like our family members really are our biggest enemies. And we need to forgive and pray.

Thank You…Partner!

We truly see this ministry as a partnership with parents! After all, we will spend about an hour this week with your child. You’ll spend over 100 hours with them!

So please know that we are praying for you and rooting for you! And let me know if resources like this one are helpful for you or could be modified to be more helpful! (We don’t want to waste on our time on something that isn’t helpful when we could be working on something that is!)

We strive to be a ministry that “Thinks Orange.” This comes from the philosophy that the combined influences on a child’s life of the home/family (red) and the church (yellow) are more powerful together (orange) than they can be separately. The love of the family (red) combined with the light of Christ (yellow) has a synergistic effect (orange) where together, we can truly help students know and follow Jesus!

So, Thanks Partner!

-Mike Sheley and the fifty-six Team!


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