From the Sermon: Psalm 37
Preacher: Brian Bailey, Elder Candidate
Scripture: Psalm 37
In this week’s sermon, we see the deep contrast between the life of the wicked and the life of the righteous. While the wicked may seem to prosper in this world, it is the righteous who find true purpose and meaning. God alone provides the means for his people to live faithfully through the salvation that can only be found in Christ Jesus.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!
- In Psalm 37, what differences do you see between the righteous and the wicked?
- In what ways can we live faithfully?
- How does Psalm 37 point us to Jesus?
- Is there something or someone other than Jesus that you are finding meaning or purpose in? Discuss this as a family and pray together to ask God to be the only purpose and meaning in your life.
· 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.
Attribute of God:
IMPARTIAL: God does not choose who to save based on how great a person they may be. God saves the rich, the poor, the young, the old, men, and women. God does not favor some over others due to anything a person has or does. God’s judgment is always just and right.
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: Take time this week to pray for The Coffee Oasis. Pray that they would be blessed through our church’s donations of sleeping bags/tents/pillows and that the Gospel would go out to the homeless youth in our community.
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.
Jesus Paid It All
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt this heart of stone.
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat
Oh praise the One who paid my debts
And raised this life up from the dead
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.
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit...”
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 6: How can we glorify God?
Answer: By loving him and by obeying his commands and law.