From the Sermon: Psalm 53
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Johnston
Scripture: Psalm 53
MAIN POINTS: MAIN POINTS: 1)The Folly of Evildoers, 2) The judgment of the Wicked, and 3) The Hope of Salvation
Psalm 53 focuses on the wicked who are in terror under God’s judgment. We are reminded that it is the fool who says there is no God and that wisdom comes from the Lord. While God’s judgment brings terror to evildoers, it brings hope for those who are saved. It is only through salvation in Jesus Christ that we can do anything good. It is through Christ alone that we are saved from our wickedness and foolishness.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
- How is the biblical definition of ‘fool’ different than the world’s?
- How do your worries, fears, or anxieties about the state of the world tempt you to doubt God?
- What response do you have toward God’s judgment of the wicked?
- How does God’s judgment give you hope?
· 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 14:5-6
- Romans 1:18-21
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:
INFINITE: God is not bound by time or space. He is limitless.
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 some time this week thanking God for the home he has blessed you with and ask him how you can serve him with your home.
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 washing 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.
“...walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; ’”
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:
Questions 17: What is idolatry?
Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator.