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06/11/2007

Dynamic ImageMain Point of Discussion: God’s love is a ‘home’ where we can always return when we go astray.

I’m sure that Chris Daughtry is more than just a little pleased that he ended up ‘losing’ on American Idol, since he is rockin his way to the top every time he pens a new ditty...(in other words- Taylor who?)

‘Home’ is a great tune about the whole concept of a safe place to return after we’ve made mistakes- which is probably why it is so popular with teens.


If you want, you can print out the lyrics (below) and give each student a copy to refer to.

Introducing the Song:
Many of you might have already heard the song ‘Home’ by Daughtry. I’m going to play this song and then we want to hear from you.

Song Lyrics:
    "Home"

    I'm staring out into the night,
    Trying to hide the pain.
    I'm going to the place where love
    And feeling good don't ever cost a thing.
    And the pain you feel's a different kind of pain.

    Well I'm going home,
    Back to the place where I belong,
    And where your love has always been enough for me.
    I'm not running from.
    No, I think you got me all wrong.
    I don't regret this life I chose for me.
    But these places and these faces are getting old,
    So I'm going home.
    Well I'm going home.

    The miles are getting longer, it seems,
    The closer I get to you.
    I've not always been the best man or friend for you.
    But your love remains true.
    And I don't know why.
    You always seem to give me another try.

    So I'm going home,
    Back to the place where I belong,
    And where your love has always been enough for me.
    I'm not running from.
    No, I think you got me all wrong.
    I don't regret this life I chose for me.
    But these places and these faces are getting old,

    Be careful what you wish for,
    Cause you just might get it all.
    You just might get it all,
    And then some you don't want.
    Be careful what you wish for,
    Cause you just might get it all.
    You just might get it all, yeah.

    Oh, well I'm going home,
    Back to the place where I belong,
    And where your love has always been enough for me.
    I'm not running from.
    No, I think you got me all wrong.
    I don't regret this life I chose for me.
    But these places and these faces are getting old.
    I said these places and these faces are getting old,
    So I'm going home.
    I'm going home.
Transitional Statement:
In this song there are a couple consistent themes that Daughtry keeps going back to- ones that I think we can all relate to.


Large Group Questions:
  1. What are some of the themes you picked up from this song? (leader—some of the answers you might be looking for are: home, safety, burnout)

  2. Do most people choose paths that lead away from home? Why or why not?

  3. Why do you think he doesn’t regret the life he chose?

Transitional Statement:
In the lyrics to the song, Daughtry seems to be saying that even though he doesn’t regret the life he chose, he still has a desire to go back home. For most people, their childhood and ‘roots’ has a profound effect on who they are, and it represents a safe place.

Divide into Small Groups:
Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups to discuss this, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.

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Discussion Questions:
  1. AROUND THE CIRCLE: Before we begin, let’s go around the circle and share one or two childhood memories that seem to ‘stick’ with you.

  2. ASK A FEW: What are some of the things that make home a safe place?

  3. ASK A FEW: What did you like about your home growing up?

  4. ASK A FEW: Do any of you wish that your home life growing up was different? Why or why not?

  5. Leader - Say This:
    Probably all of us have things about our home life that we like, but also things we would like to change, and some of us might even wish we didn’t even live at home any more. We’re going to look at a story Jesus told about a person in that exact situation.

    Read the following passage from the Bible:

      Luke 15:11-24 (NLT)

      “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

      “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

      “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

      “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

      “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

  6. ASK SOMEONE: Why do you think the son wanted to leave home?

  7. ASK SOMEONE: Do you think it was a good decision? Why or why not? Unlike Daughtry, I think this young man had serious regrets about the life he chose, which is why he desperately felt the need to get ‘back to the place where he belonged’- because he finally realized his father’s love had been enough for him.

  8. ASK A FEW: How do you think the father felt when he saw his son returning?

  9. ASK A FEW: How do you think the son felt when he received grace instead of condemnation from his dad?

  10. AROUND THE CIRCLE: The bottom line is that God is like the father in the story- and even when we choose to go astray, if we are his children, we always have a choice to return to His open arms. So the key question for you is this- have you chosen to be one of God’s children by trusting in Christ for salvation? If not, in a minute I’m going to give you a chance to do that. If you are his child, have you wandered away from home, and now you want to return to the love that will always be enough for you? If so, I’m going to give you a chance to do that as well.

Close in Prayer
Give students a chance to trust Christ, and give Christian students an opportunity to recommit their lives to God by going ‘home.’

Altogether:
Pass out a piece of paper, and ask students to write a letter to their heavenly Father, thanking Him for the chance to come home and receive the love that’s enough for anyone.

Wrap Up:
Tonight we’ve been talking about the concept of God’s love being the true home where we can always return to when we’ve gone astray. My challenge to you is to remember that your heavenly Father is always there, with arms wide open, ready to welcome you back when you’ve gone astray.

Close in Prayer

Written by Lane Palmer

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Comments on this post

   Kristin Baldwin         3/9/2017 5:25:54 PM

agree except I truly believe the Place where I belong, I am going home is HEAVEN!

   Janie Salvadalena         3/19/2012 8:45:17 PM

this is anawesome website and I am thankful that I found it. I plan to use the music starter for my talk Wednesday night. thanks, Janie















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