From the Sermon: Luke 2:22-24, 39-52
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Johnston
Scripture: Luke 2:22-24, 39-52
MAIN POINTS: 1) Jesus Grew , 2) Jesus’ Purpose, and 3) The Growth and Purpose of the Church
Have you ever thought about how weird it is that God became a baby? Jesus had to have his diaper changed, learn to walk, just like you and me! The Bible doesn’t give us a whole lot of details about Jesus’ early life, but we know that Jesus never sinned and always did what his Father God wanted him to. Jesus’ purpose was to be about his Father’s will. And that’s what the Church’s purpose is as well—to live life with God’s people, worshiping God, and enjoying the Word.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!)
- What about Jesus being a child surprises you the most?
- How do we know what the will of God is for our lives?
- What is wisdom and where does it come from?
- How does the Church fulfill God’s purpose in the world?
· 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.
- Philippians 2:5-8
- Matthew 26:39
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:
VICTORIOUS: We do not have a God who is waiting to see what will happen and hoping things will turn out. Our God is the victor and has conquered Satan, sin and death through Jesus Christ.
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.
REPENTANCE: Spend some time this week asking God where your heart covets and repent.
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.
O Come, O Come Immanuel
O come, O come, Immanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory over the grave
O come, Desire of Nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
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 true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.”
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 11: What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
Answer: Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eight, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else.