From the Sermon: Sanctity Of Life Sunday
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27 & Psalm 106:36-45
MAIN POINTS: 1)The Sanctity of Life , 2) The Evil of Abortion, and 3) The Grace of God
We took a break from our series in Acts this week for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Pastor Jon took us through why all human life is valuable and precious: because we are all made in the image of God. Even babies who are still being knit together in their mother’s womb are precious and loved by God. Satan has fed us the lie that children are a burden and abortion isn’t bad. But we know from scripture that God hates murder and abortion is murder. But there is hope! Jesus’ death on the cross cleanses us of all sin—even the sin of abortion. Come to Jesus and find rest and forgiveness.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!)
- Why and how are human lives different than any other living being?
- In what ways do people try to justify abortion?
- How do we respond to someone who calls evil "good?"
- How does the grace of the Gospel change how we approach people who have experienced or participated in abortion in some way?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your normal routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter. Model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- Psalm 22:9a, 10; 71:6; 139:13; 106:37, 44-45
- Ephesians 6:12
- Hebrews 7:25
- Romans 8:1
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. These are also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
KIND: Everything God does is for the good of those who love him and for his glory. Even though things may not feel kind, God knows what’s best for us and his kindness to us exists in every part of our lives.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
COMMUNITY: Spend time this week praying for mothers in our community who are considering abortion. Pray that they would find hope in Christ and protect the precious life inside them.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing.
Our helper he, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
If we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he!
The Lord of Hosts, his name,
From age to age the same;
And he must win the battle.
And though this world with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Question 12: What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?
Answer: Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone.