Message Notes

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The Warmup

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Community Group Questions

  • As a parent, what is one way that your kids are just the same as you? What is one way that they are totally different?
  • What is one way that you parent differently than your parents? What is one way that you parent the same? 
  • What are your biggest challenges as a parent? What are your greatest joys?
  • When you were growing up, how did your family pray? How do you pray in your home today? How do you invite children to pray in your family?
  • What struck you from the message this morning? 
  • How do you keep from feeling isolated if you are a stay-at-home parent? What have you seen parents do to keep from feeling isolated? 
  • Psalm 127:4 says that children are arrows in the hand of a mighty man. What do you think that means? Have you seen this in your own life? 
  • What does the pattern of household work look like in your family? What responsibilities do children have in those patterns of work?
  • Read Deuteronomy 32:2. Does ‘gentle rain’ and ‘dew on the ground’ describe the manner of your teaching? How does that idea mesh with what Pastor Alan was talkign about this morning?
  • What were the patterns of discipline in your home when you were a child? What challenges of disciplining do you see yourself or other parents struggling with today? 
  • How do you negotiate your responsibilities to your children and the Christian call to love and serve your neighbor?
  • How can we apply this morning’s message in our families? 
  • Read 1 John 2:12. How do you know when children are ready to make the decision for Jesus Christ?