Week 4 - Sacraments: The Means of Grace

Homework: Think about the event(s) or process that led to your becoming a Christian. It may help you to spend a little more time than usual thinking or even writing about this weeks “Chew on This” questions below. Have you ever told your children about how and why you became a Christian? Jesus is the Son of God whose death paid our debt for sin. He was raised to life and by faith in him we are able to be reconciled to God and receive the Holy Spirit. Write out 3-5 ideas of short “testimonies” by which you could explain to your children what these beliefs mean to you and how they impact the way you live.

Main Idea - The church is for kids (Matthew 19:13-15).

Treat your children as if they are under the same covenant you are (i.e. the Covenant of Grace)...because they are (Acts 2:39, I Corinthians 7:12-14 [Colossians 2:11 & 12]).

Baptism is the work of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13), the "sign and seal" of the covenant of grace. God always establishes and confirms his covenant with households, not just individuals: 

            Adam & Eve and all descendants (Genesis 2 & 3)

            Noah and his family were saved through the waters (Genesis 9)

            Abraham and his family received the promises (Genesis 12, 15, & 17)

            Moses and Israel (Exodus 19-24)

            David and Solomon and all successive kings of Israel (2 Samuel 7)

            New Covenant, church (Jeremiah 31)

I’m under the Covenant of Grace (or saved by grace)! Can I do whatever I want?

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Yes, but…you can’t really know Jesus without him changing what it is you want to do (Luke 19:1-10, John 8:1-11).

You can raise your kids however you like.

You are here because you’re compelled to raise them a particular way. You are here because you’re compelled to disciple your kids.

Chew on this...

What is the story of your baptism? Perhaps this is the first time you have ever considered that your baptism was the work of the Holy Spirit (as opposed to that of your parents or yourself). How does this impact or change your perspective of baptism?

What role, if any, have your parents played in your own discipleship?

Who have been the most influential people in your life in terms of helping you grow in your faith? What did they do that helped you?