January 17, 2021
Pastor Ricky Smith
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, 3 things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. 5 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, 6 that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, 7 so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; 8 and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
I. Wreckless Path
The darkness of your past should point you to the light
II. Worthwhile Mission
III. Worthy King
The grace of God is an invaluable gift that must be reinvested in the next generation
- I choose to put my trust in Jesus as my Savior and King.
- I confess to walking a path of sin and repent with a commitment to pursue Christ.
- I commit to investing in the next generation.
- Read Psalm 78:1-2 and discuss the importance of listening to God’s instructions.
- Share some people that invested in you as a kid or teen and discuss the importance of godly role models.
- How is the grace of God a gift that should be reinvested in the next generation?
- Ready Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Mark 12:28-34. Why do the Scribe and Jesus consider this to be the greatest commandment when it is not included in the Ten Commandments?
- The Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4, begins with the declaration to “Hear.” Is the author simply wanting people to listen to the statement about God? Why or why not?
- What are some ways you and/or your family make God’s command a daily part of your life and routine?