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Passing Down the Faith

#1 Parents you are NOT Enough

Christ must first reside in your heart and you must live out the Christian life in order to pass down the faith to your children. You must lead by example and trust in His power.

2 Peter 1:3

HIS divine power has GIVEN us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who CALLED us by his own glory and goodness.

Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that GOD, who began the good work within you, will continue HIS work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

We are reminded that it is HIS divine power and HIS calling upon us that enables us to pass down the faith. We have been GIVEN all that we need through Jesus Christ in order to complete the task.

- How was the faith passed down to you?

- Is it possible for a parent to pass down Christianity without themselves having a personal relationship with Christ?

#2 Parents we must Enlighten

Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 20-24

4“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

As Christians we are to know the Word just like we know Jesus because the Word is Jesus. He came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it entirely.

- Be honest with yourself or the group, in the past year, have you grown in your understanding of the Word of God?

- How is the Bible structured, beyond the obvious Old and New Testaments?

- How many “books” are in the Bible?

These questions at their core are not essential for salvation but as much as we pray for God to guide us and to show us our next steps it would be foolish of us to have only surface level knowledge of the Bible.

These days we would also be foolish to not use modern tools to help us become intimate with the Word.

Please consider the following:

TheBibleProject.com

https://www.desiringgod.org

https://enduringword.com

https://www.biblestudytools.com

You can also take classes!

https://vineyardinstitute.org

Let’s read on …

20 “In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?’

21 “Then you must tell them, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand. 22 The Lord did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people. 23 He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors. 24 And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day. 

Enlighten means to OPEN SOMEONE’S EYES, to bring greater understanding. God lays out how we are to tell others about His Word and that is to tell of the great things He has done for us.

- What is a key story from your life that you always come back to that anchors your faith?

Nathan Drawdy’s answer: I had a REAL God experience when I was in 6th grade where I FELT God calling me to Him. I had done the prayer of salvation a couple times during my life but this particular time was when I felt I was truly “saved” that I had a real heart change to put Christ at the center of my life. Secondly, I have struggled with my faith many times BUT after arguing with myself I would always come back to the fact that life is so utterly complex that it is only logical that there must be a divine creator. Romans 1:20 is my go to verse on this subject.

#3 I would like to challenge all of us to become Efficient

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Let’s highlight verses 41-42

Jesus reminds us that sitting at His feet is more worth while than any other pursuit in this world. So if we are truly concerned about passing down the faith to our children or passing it onto others that we are around, we must set Jesus at the top of our priority list.

I challenge us all to look at our calendars, our bank accounts and what we do in our “free time.” If “free time” actually exists.

When I asked earlier about how did you come to have faith in Christ, it would also be good to ask how did you learn to read your Bible? to pray? to live your everyday life as Christ would?

- How are you and your family raising God minded children?

- For the non parents, who are you DISCIPLING?

- In general, across the board, are you simply too busy?

Jesus is righteously jealous of His relationship with you and He wants more time with you. He also wants the same love that He has given you to flow out from you and into others. We must not busy ourselves with everything else and try to fit God in somewhere. God is and always will be BIGGER than our schedules, BIGGER than our finances and BIGGER than our immediate concerns. Jesus wants you to tap into His divine power in your life and He wants to GIVE you the tools you need to live life well.

Remember Philippians 1:6

Paul even though He himself is technically “helpless” by being imprisoned at the time of writing this letter, he says this

“I am CERTAIN that God, who began the good work WITHIN you, will CONTINUE His work until it is finally finished one the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Here are some closing thoughts to consider and discuss

  1. Are we responsible to “save” everyone we meet?

  2. Are we responsible for the salvation of our own children?

  3. Am we ever “off the hook” as far as our responsibility to reach a lost friend or one of our own children who has walked away from God?

I pray that you all are challenged and encouraged this week to devote your life to becoming more like Christ.

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