The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s February 8 message, “Days Of Future Past” is now available.
This sermon is part 1 of our teaching series “Future Family” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.
02/08 SUMMARY: Want to know what your family is going to be like years or even generations from now? Look at the patterns (yours and your parents) and you’ll have some solid leads. But patterns can be changed and our Savior Jesus is in the change business! Learn how to free AND bless your future family!
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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)
Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Days Of Future Past” and to answer the following questions:
What is one of your favorite childhood family memories? What were the household rules when you were growing up? How have those rules influenced your current family life?
Read Genesis 26:1-11. What promises did God give to Isaac? Did Isaac’s choice to lie about his wife reflect his trust in God’s promise? Look also at Genesis 12:10-20; Genesis 20:1-13. Does Isaac seem to follow God’s promises or his father Abraham’s patterns? Consider your own life–would God say you are relying on His promises or your own resources (personal strength, family patterns, etc.)? What is one pattern in your life that you would dread seeing being repeated in your children or grandchildren?
Read Ezekiel 18; especially 18:19-23. Jerry brought up this passage to show God declares that He will not punish children for parents’ sins. Jerry also taught that families often still have to experience the consequences of past sins–especially the tendency to repeat the sinful pattern. Now read Mark 9:42. Think about what Jesus is saying about our responsibility if we harm one of our children (His “little ones”) by continuing in a pattern of sin. Now put this warning of Jesus into your own words.
Read Luke 15:11-23. Rather than feel doomed and trapped into repeating sinful patterns, Jerry suggested we follow the example of the Prodigal Son and come to our senses, give up the pattern, go back to our Father in confession, and accept the restoration offered by our Heavenly Father through Jesus’ sacrifice. Could you follow these steps? Can reading Romans 6:12-13 help you turn from sin? Are you ready to “offer yourself to God”? Note: if you would like the help of someone walking with you through these steps, you are invited to contact Jerry through the Fishers’ office (281-242-7711, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Read Romans 5:8-11 and Philippians 4:9 Put the pattern of God’s love, forgiveness and restoration as shared in Romans 5 into your own words. How could you continue on that pattern of forgiveness and love in your family? In the Philippians passage, the apostle Paul demonstrates that a leader (in a church OR a family) is to be following the pattern of Jesus so that others can see that pattern alive before them and have a tangible pattern to follow. What’s one pattern of Jesus that you would like to see your family get better at repeating? What will you do to improve that pattern in your life?
Closing Call To Action Question: A suggested pattern of Jesus you could work on adding to your life and then modeling for your family is prayerful dependence on the Heavenly Father (rather than self-dependence as Abraham and Isaac demonstrated at times of stress). Some Scriptural examples of Jesus praying include Luke 6:12-13; Matthew 14:12-23, and Matthew 26:36-43. What big decision in your life will you pray and wait on God to guide–and share that pattern with your family? What burden will you seek God’s help with rather than run from or self-solve? How will you invite your family to pray with you?
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