Home Work: If your family is not in the habit of praying together, start by picking up a pack of craft (a.k.a. popsicle) sticks next time you are at Walmart. Eat dinner or otherwise gather the entire family together one night this week and brainstorm a list of individuals your family can pray for. Ideas would include extended family members, best friends, maybe even enemies, neighbors, teachers, missionaries, etc. In the Habecker family we include pets because we like to thank God for our furry friends as well. Establish some sort of routine (at least weekly, at most daily) where all or most of you can come together and pass around a container of “prayer sticks,” everyone pulling one or several at random and praying for the person(s) written on those sticks. Do you have John 3:16 or I John 4:9 memorized yet?
Main Idea - God’s love is so great that he desires a relationship with his people. God’s holiness and justice are such that he must punish sin. God’s grace is that he sends his own Son as a sacrifice.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. - Isaiah 53:4-6
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
The Covenant of Grace, that Jesus would die for sin and be raised to life and through faith in him we are reconciled to God, was the plan all along. What better news is there for your family than that?
Chew on this...
Which of the three covenants (Redemption [love], Works [justice], Grace [forgiveness]) do your family relationships most resemble?
God reveals his character and nature in the context of his covenant of grace. What have we learned thus far that you might be able to transfer to your family’s relationships?