From the Sermon: Acts 20:17-38
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Acts 20:17-38
MAIN POINTS: 1) What are elders?, 2) What do elders do?, and 3) Why do elders matter?
As Paul prepares to leave the church in Ephesus, he brings together the leaders to remind them of their job as overseers of the Church. We see in scripture that elders, or pastors, are to be biblically qualified men who work together to lead the church. Jesus is the head of the whole Church, or of all believers in Jesus. And each local church is to have a group of men leading them in true preaching and teaching of God’s Word, praying over and anointing people with oil, and protecting the flock from those who would teach falsely about God. Elders, or pastors, are a gift from God to his children.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!)
- Review 1 Timothy 3:1-7. What qualifies a person to become an elder or pastor?
- What are the jobs of an elder? How have you been blessed by your elders doing these things?
- What are elders supposed to protect us from? How do we also protect ourselves from these things?
- How can we pray for and support our elders at Coram Deo?
· 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.
- 1 Peter 5:1-2a
- 1 Timothy 3:1-2a
- James 5:14
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:
MIGHTY: God is the ultimate hero. His strength and power are greater than anyone or anything.
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.
FAMILY: Spend time this week praying for parents. Your parents, yourself as a parent, your friend’s parents, all parents!
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.
Beautiful Scandalous Night
Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the Crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore,
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified
Follow Christ to the Holy mountain
Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul,
In the fountain that flows
For you and for me and for all
At the wonderful tragic
On that beautiful scandalous
Night you and me
Were atoned by his blood and
Forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night
On the hillside you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross, justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that pours
From our blessed Savior’s side
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.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
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 13: Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?
Answer: Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly.