In the past few months we’ve explored renewal and the way of Jesus. We are now embarking on a series about family. This devotional resource doesn’t follow the message series but is meant to be a guide for prayer and conversation in your home.
What do you think of when you hear the word family? What comes up in your heart when we talk about family? For some of us, family has been a place of deep pain. Some of us carry wounds in our hearts that need healing. Others of us come from healthy families that have been a source of joy and possibility. Families shape us in really big ways. Our homes have a major impact on our lives. If we want to be renewed and walk in the way of Jesus in a way that impacts York County, we must figure out how to live together as families that bless and empower the next generation to be a people of spiritual legacy.
This devotional is packed with scripture. Most are short passages, but to get us started, let’s reflect on a longer one. Deuteronomy chapter 6 is an incredible passage. Please take a few minutes to read it together as a family.
It was given during an urgent moment for the children of Israel in the Old Testament, and it’s an urgent moment for us as well. It’s one of those “hinge moments” where if the people of God can get this right, then there is so much promise. And if they get this wrong, there will be spiritual disaster. God is saying that his heart is for spiritual life and blessing to flow down generational lines. What can we learn from Deuteronomy 6?
We have to break off some things from our past and build some things for the future of our families. Notice what you need to break off and then discover what you need to build.
1. Break off spiritual complacency. (vv. 10-12)
2. Break off worldliness and the spirit of the age. (vv. 13-15)
And then we need to build.
1. Build a compelling vision of God in your family. (vv. 4-5)
2. Build an ecosystem of discipleship in your family. (vv. 6-9)
3. Build a vision for spiritual legacy in your family. (vv. 20-25)
—Pastor Aaron Kunce
Real Family MISSION
This week our theme is mission. In John 20:21, Jesus said: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” All of us are sent by Jesus on mission! How can your family integrate discipleship and service into the fabric of your everyday lives?
When God wanted to act on his promise to save the world, he started a family and gave them a mission. He spoke to Abram and his household and they became a family on mission. We see Jesus operating in the same way, gathering an extended family-like group of disciples around himself before embarking on his mission. The church is the family of God and we have a mission together to this lost and hurting world. And our individual families participate in this by living as missional friends of Jesus in our homes and everywhere we go.
NOVEMBER 22 • 1 PETER 2:9-10
Chosen to be a holy people.
NOVEMBER 23 • ROMANS 12:5-17
Never be lacking in zeal.
NOVEMBER 24 • ROMANS 1:16
God’s plan to rescue everyone who trusts him.
NOVEMBER 25 • COLOSSIANS 4:2-6
Let your conversation be always full of grace.
NOVEMBER 26 • ROMANS 10:9-15
How beautiful are the… uhh… feet?
NOVEMBER 27 • PHILIPPIANS 1:27
How to conduct ourselves as families on mission.
NOVEMBER 28 • 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31
Everyone has a vital part to play.
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