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 LOVE
The theme we will explore in scripture this week is love. Read these passages and think and pray about how small acts of love can make a difference in the lives of your family and then talk together about how you can love others in the way of Jesus.
Maybe it’s small things like sending a note or text of encouragement, making a meal for someone, checking on a friend or neighbor, or hosting an online game night. Invite someone into your group. Reach out to people you haven’t seen for a while with kindness. Christ fills us with his love and then it begins to show in small ways in our lives.
Sometimes God asks us to love in sacrificial ways too (see Ephesians 5:1-2). What are some ways God is calling your family to love sacrificially?
NOVEMBER 8 • EPHESIANS 5:25-33
A marriage of mutual love and respect.
NOVEMBER 9 • 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8
Love bears all things.
NOVEMBER 10 • ROMANS 12:9-17
Let love be genuine.
NOVEMBER 11 • 1 JOHN 4:19
Why do we love?
NOVEMBER 12 • MATTHEW 22:37-40
The Greatest Command is still the Greatest.
NOVEMBER 13 • ROMANS 12:10
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.
NOVEMBER 14 • 1 JOHN 4:20
Jesus being blunt: Loving God includes loving people.
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