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Taking the Sermon Home
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2014
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If you are convinced that worshipping together as a family in church is important (like me),

and if you have a preacher who takes a doctrinal stance in his teaching that can be heavy at times as an adult, much less as a child (like me),

then you have probably wondered from time to time how to help your children understand and embrace the sermon (like me)!

I’ve recently began using this method for our family worship and have found it very helpful. I believe it would work for children of any age.

For our family worship on Monday, we review the sermon together.

  1. First, we sing one of the songs that we sang in church the day before. This helps in a number of ways. It sets the tone for family worship, provides a connection between church and home, and invites the participation of our kids because they choose which song to sing.
  2. Second, I ask general questions to begin jogging our memories. What was the title? text? three points? I follow up with questions like, “What does this word mean?” or “How does that point explain the scripture?” As answers (or blank stares) are given, I am able to clarify anything that was missed or needs further explanation in the sermon.
  3. Third, I go to a deeper level, making sure we have understood the sermon and are seeking to apply God’s Word in our lives. So I ask questions like “What really stood out to you from the sermon?” or “How can we apply this point in a specific way in our lives?” or “How can we pray about this?” These questions help ensure understanding and allow for points of application.
  4. Fourth, as we discuss the sermon, it gives me the opportunity to do what God has called me to do - disciple my children. It opens doors to teach, point out where God is working in our lives, where we need prayer and grace, how we can live for Christ and reach out to others, etc.
  5. Fifth, we pray. I try to include praise for what God has taught us in my prayer. Again, hoping to take every moment as a teaching opportunity.

Whether this simple method or another, I encourage families and couples and singles to take the sermon home, mediate over the text, and seek ways the Spirit may apply the Word of God to our day to day lives.

May the Word of Christ dwell in us - richly!!

Category:  Life and Family

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When Jesus Says, "Truly, Truly, I Say to You"...
TUESDAY, JULY 08, 2014
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Every word of Jesus recorded for us in Scripture is equally truthful, important, and essential for us to embrace, believe, and pattern our hearts and lives accordingly. Indeed, that is true of all of Scripture. So this post is not about...
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Calling Parents Back to Their God-given Joy and Responsibilty
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014
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Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God. Voddie Baucham Jr. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007. This is one of those books that comes along every so often and causes quite a stir throughout the church, not...
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Avoiding Legalism and Moralism with the Commands of Scripture
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
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Any time we are presented with a list of commands, like the 50+ commands found in Romans 12-14, we are prone to head down one of two dangerous paths: legalism or moralism. Legalism is the pursuit of keeping a list of commands, biblical or...
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Divine Mercies Produce Sincere Worshippers
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 04, 2014
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Worship is the willing, proper response of moral beings to the revelation of the Triune God. By divine initiation, God graciously discloses Himself, His purposes, and His will to man. Man, in response to God’s gracious initiation, worships...
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The Spiritual Connection Between the Heart and the Mouth
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
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Ever blurted out something really hurtful and then immediately apologized with some kind of excuse, hoping the excuse will automatically wipe away the inflicted harm? The excuse usually runs something like, “I’m sorry. I don’t...
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Is the Real Jesus the Biblical Jesus?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
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Who is Jesus? By R.C. Sproul. Orlando: Reformation Trust, 1983, 1999, 2009. Philosophers, bible critics, theologians, spiritualists, atheists, and even hollywood has their own versions of the "real" Jesus, which, of course, conflicts with the...
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Expositional Preaching: What the Church Needs the Most
TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
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Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. By David Helm. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. It is a difficult balance for any preacher to obtain. How do you rightly explain Scripture in a way that connects with your audience without...
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New Seasons, New Struggles. A Lesson from Psalm 27.
THURSDAY, MAY 01, 2014
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New Seasons of life bring new struggles of faith, and the Gospel combined with prayer is sufficient for every new struggle. I take this to be a key lesson from Psalm 27. It is apparent that David wrestles often with fear and despair as these are...
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The Greatest Fight in the World
TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014
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The Greatest Fight in the World: The Final Manifesto. By Charles H. Spurgeon. Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2014. Some counsel is for the moment. It specifically addresses a specific issue that is entirely transient in nature. Some...
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