From the Sermon: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Preacher: Pastor Rusten Harris
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
MAIN POINTS: 1) The Aims of Deception 2) The Agents of the Evil One 3) The God of Sovereign Grace
As we approach this difficult text, Pastor Rusten reminds us of the main idea that is easy to discern. We, as Christians, are not to live in fear or be led astray or be
surprised when bad things happen; rather, we are to trust in God’s sovereignty and plan, knowing that Jesus will return and is King over all.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. Why do you think God gives some, but not all, of the information in certain passages?
3. Why are we so susceptible to lies and deception? How do we protect ourselves against them?
4. How is it merciful for God to withhold our desires from us?
5. What is your understanding of God’s sovereignty? What aspects of this truth are most difficult for you to submit to?
6. How are judgment and salvation related?
· 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.
- Matthew 24
- Mark 13
- Luke 21
- 1 John 2:22-23
- Jude 1:4
- 2 Peter 3:9
- Hebrews 2:14-15
- Ephesians 1:11-13
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:
SOVEREIGN: God is in complete control over everything.
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 praying for the protection of the nuclear family as God created it.
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.
Through The Valley And The Shadow
I must walk through the valley and the
But I’ll journey in my Savior’s care;
He hath said He will never, never leave
with His staff He will comfort me there.
When I walk through the valley and the
All the weary days of toil will be o’er;
For the strong arms of Jesus will enfold
And with Him, I shall sorrow no more.
Through the valley, through the valley
Through the valley and the shadow I
But the dark waves of Jordan will not
There is peace in the valley, I know
Though I walk through the valley and
Yet the glory of dawn I shall see;
I shall join in the anthems over Jordan,
Where my loved ones are waiting for
I shall walk through the valley, and the
I shall follow where my Lord has gone
Through the mists of the valley, He will
Till I rest on the evergreen shore.
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.
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
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 27: Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?
Answer: No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.