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From the Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 1
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1
MAIN POINTS: 1) God’s Election, 2) God’s Fruit 3) God’s Mission
This week we began our series in Thessalonians. Paul begins his letter by reminding and encouraging the church of their election from God, that he has chosen them from eternity past. The fruit of that election is evident in them through faith, love, and hope. Then Paul encourages them to continue on in the mission of spreading the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. That is also our mission today!
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. What questions or struggles do you have regarding the doctrine of election?
3. How can we know that we are truly saved?
4. What are some doubts you struggle with? What should we do with our doubts??
5. How are you personally participating in God’s mission? How can you grow in this area?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your regular 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 of 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.
- Acts 17:5-7
- Ephesians 1:4a
- Romans 8:30
- John 6:44a
- Psalm 20:7
- Philippians 1:6
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. This is also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
FORGIVING: God, through Jesus, forgives our sins.
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 some time this week praying for Coram Deo Academy.
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.
Christ is Risen
Oh oh, look at the tree
Oh oh, isn’t the fruit good to eat
All in Adam will die
Oh oh, in Christ we shall all be alive
Alleluia! The stone has been rolled away.
Alleluia! Jesus walked away from the grave.
Oh oh, death where’s your sting?
Oh oh, how you have tasted defeat.
Oh the bloodshed, then the last breath
Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen!
And my soul knows
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.
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yes shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’”
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 25: Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?
Answer: Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God will remember our sins no more.