From the Sermon: Exodus 8
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Exodus 8
MAIN POINTS: POINTS: 1) God’s Judgments are Forewarned 2) God’s Judgments are Just 3) God’s Judgments are God’s Revelation, 4) God’s Judgments are an Invitation to Repent
Exodus eight continues the story of God calling Pharaoh to repent and let God’s people go, Pharaoh continually hardening his heart, and God bringing judgment to rebellion. God dethrones the Egyptian gods with his power and through the plagues, yet Pharaoh will not yield.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. Why do you think people ignore God’s forewarned judgment?
3. Are you tempted to think God’s judgments are too severe or harsh? How can we reconcile our idea of justice with God’s judgments?
4. What does God reveal about himself through the judgment we see in Exodus?
5. When do we see God’s judgment leading to repentance in the bible? When have we seen this personally?
· 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.
- Genesis 2:16-17; 6:13
- 2 Peter 2:5a
- Romans 1:18-20
- Exodus 1:22a; 4:22-23
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:
PEACE: Denial of God brings chaos and de-creation. Worship of God brings stability, order, and life because God is peace.
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.
YOUR CHOICE: Choose something to be in prayer about this week.
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.
Your Labor is Not in Vain
Your labor is not in vain,
Though the ground underneath you
is cursed and stained.
Your planting and reaping are never
But your labor is not in vain.
Your labor is not unknown,
though the rocks they cry out
and the sea it may grown.
The place of your toil may not seem
like a home,
but your labor is not unknown.
For I am with you, I am with you.
I am with you, I am with you.
For I have called you,
called you by name.
Your labor is not in vain.
The vineyards you plant will bear
The yields will sing out and rejoice
with the truth,
For all that is old will at last be made
The vineyard you plant will bear
The houses you labored to build,
will finally with laughter and joy be
The serpent that hurts and destroys
shall be killed,
and all that is broken be healed.
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.
Exodus 6:7 “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
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 31: What do we believe by true faith?
Answer: **See the Apostles’ Creed**