Building Faith in in Families
Sunday, November 23, 2014
*1. Pray for them
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. - James 1:5
2. Realize Your Purpose - You aren't pushing them away.
*BE LEAVEN - Matthew 13:33
We cannot be leaven kept in a little package on the shelf of the kitchen. Leaven has to make contact. It has to penetrate the bread dough. Penetrating in the bread dough, the leaven loses its identity but notice the result - a delicious loaf of bread! Pass close to the bakery when they are taking bread out of the oven. You will want to stop, go in and buy some bread! This is like the Christian who penetrates his own family with the presence of Jesus Christ.
*BE SALT - Matthew 5:13
But what if the salt stays in the saltshaker? We can be pure salt but if we never get out of the saltshaker and are never put on the food, we will never give the taste of the gospel to our families. Make mashed potatoes with no salt and see how it has no taste. Now add some salt and mix it in. Now those who taste it will say: "I like mashed potatoes!" The members of your family, on seeing your life, might exclaim: "I like the Christian life!"
BE LIGHT - Matthew 5:14-16
Don’t put the light under a basket. That will do no one any good. Light has to illuminate the place where you live.
*Introducing Scripture to your home:
4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as [b]frontals [c]on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Get them on something you see everyday.
*Index Cards on Mirrors - *Scripture on the mirrors *"Write them on your doorposts" - Something
Put it on photos -
(show home example)
*http://picasa.google.com/ (Add text to photos) - PC & Mac
http://www.gimp.org/ (Really Fancy Photo Editor)
Put it in your decorations -
*Pinterest* - WHOA!
*Put it in your jewelry -
*Put it on your Screen!
Old Digital Photo Frames?
*Put a Bible, in every room.
Yes, even your bathroom!
*Family Devotional Tips:
*Make the Time - specific
Keep it Consistent - regular, routine
Structure it around something you already do. What is the most regular thing your family does?
Meals? Church? Bed time?
Keep it distraction free
Keep it Reasonably Short - young children, short attention spans
Keep others involved - read a verse, pray, pick the topic
Keep it encouraging - Philippians, Genesis or Daniel, not Ecclesiastes or SOS, Revelation,
*Surefire ways to blow family devotionals & studies?
1. Be so rigid that they think all of their salvation depends on keeping tonight's study.
2. Target others
3. Make it Long
4. Expect Immediate Results - "Revelation 21:8 - Burn Burn Burn, Liars".
*Tips for good study.
Get a concordance. A good one.
Pick up a commentary - NIV College Press -
Don't move too fast! (a chapter per study might be too fast!
Family Date/Study Night -
5th Monday - Bible Study Night
Put some money in it. We vote with our money.
We spend on movies, colts games, cardinals games, date nights,
*Translations & Plans
Young Readers, NIrV
Middle Readers, NIV or ESV
Older Readers, NKJV, NASB
Personalized Reading Plans
www.Bible.org "Lumina" *
Family on the Go
Friends, Social Media, Form Bible Study Groups
Create your own family study group.
110 Version 40 Languages
Side By Side Comparisons
Take Notes to Go
Reading Plans (thousands)
*Mysword for Smartphone (use Offline)
*Esword for Computer (Use Offline)
*TopherWiles.com - Printed Plans (Use Me)
The Back of our Bulletin
WHERE TO BUY?
eBooks - apple, nook, kindle
Product Search "Family Devotional"
Once-A-Day at the Table Family Devotional Series
Instant Family Devotions: 52 Bible Discussions for Anytime, Anywhere Use
Duck Commander Daily Devotionals (Brown & Pink)
Foundations - Quarterly, Adults
Horizons - Teens
Heritage of Faith - Kids
Search Online Store "Family Devotional"
The Action Bible Devotional (Weekly kids)
Illustrated Family Bible Stories (Every other Damy Family10-adult)
Strength for the Journey (Daily Devotionals)
Strength for the Journey (Daily Devotionals)
Pray For Them
Hebrews 4:12 *
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.