From the Sermon: Colossians 3:18-4:1
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Colossians 3:18-4:1
MAIN POINTS: 1) Christian Marriages, 2) Christian Families , and 3) Christian Work
In our text his week, Paul instructs the Church in marriage, family, and work. God places a high value on these things and tells us how to do them well. The world will tell us lies and contradict God’s perfect Word when it comes to family, marriage, and work, but God’s way is always the best way and Christians need to stand firm on what is right and true.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. What ideas about marriage did you learn growing up? How did these ideas
align with God’s word?
3. How does a healthy marriage and family play a major role in transforming a
4. Which command listed in this passage do you struggle with the most?
5. What specific ways do you (or could you) honor God in the work he has given
· 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.
- Genesis 2:18, 24
- Ephesians 5:25
- Exodus 20:12
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:
KIND: God always does what’s best for us and works everything for the good of those who love him.
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.
CHURCH: Spend some time this week praying for God’s provision for more space.
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.
We Will Say In That Day
You will see there a highway from God’s
That will lead back the lost to the
And the voice of the Savior will call us
Saying, “Join in the song of the Lord!”
We will call back our armies: “Return
And we’ll make into plowshares our
Very soon to forget what they once
When we join in the song of the Lord!
We will say in that day, “To the Lord,
We will not be afraid, for He comes to
We will shout; we will call: “Every tribe
Come and join in the song of the Lord!”
You will see there a banquet for sinners
Where we’ll sit with the Lord at the
And our Shepherd Himself is our wine
And we’ll join in the song of the Lord!
When the remnant return to the
When the highway of God brings us
home to Him
We’ll be welcomed with love by our
And we’ll join in the song of the Lord!
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.
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
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 19: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?
Answer: Yes, God reconciles us to himself by a Redeemer.