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Week 3

Psalm 127

Verse of the Week

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain”

Psalm 127:1

Main Idea:

Unless the Lord builds the house 

1. Who are you depending on?

Hebrew poetry is really interesting. If we just read the first two verses we would be led to believe that the passage is talking about building a city but the point of this passage is instruction on how to build a family. The overwhelming message in verses 1 and 2 is that we need to depend on the Lord to help us as we build our homes. 

Questions for Application:

  1. How can we practically depend on the Lord to help us build our family?

  2. What’s one practice you can adopt daily that will remind you to ask for the Lord’s help?

  3. How can we develop a rhythm of prayer in our homes? With our spouse? With our children?

2. How do you view children?

In our society many times we can see children as obstacles or inconveniences when God’s Word calls children blessings! I think we can all agree we’ve gone through difficult times when it comes to children whether it be our own or if you’re a school teacher teaching kids in the classroom. It’s important that we have the same view as God when it comes to children. Every child is a blessing from the Lord and an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God.

Questions for Application:

  1. How can we be good stewards of the children God has put in our lives?

  2. Why does the Bible call children “arrows” in a quiver? What are arrows intended for?

  3. What’s one discipline we can adopt to help point the children in our life toward Jesus?


3. How do you view parenting?

Sunday we learned a really important verse and some really practical advice for training our children in the way they should go. Our first ministry is our homelife and the way we steward that responsibility will have an impact on how the Kingdom of God is impacted in the next generation. Sunday we learned:

Proverbs 22:6 says: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Acronym for TRAIN….take this with you.  
T= Teach.  You don’t have to be a bible scholar. Nobody in your family knows the bible better than you.  Jesus story book bible. 
R= Relationship.  Get to know everything about your child. Spend time with them. 
A= Ask heart questions. How do you feel? What is the Lord teaching you?   This really is just discipling your kids.  Connecting with their heart before you connect with their head. 
I- Influence.  Lead by example.  Lead repenter. Let them hear you pray.  See you read the word.  Give generously 
N- Never give up!  God never gave up on us. Parenting is hard but so rewarding!!!

Questions for Application:

  1. Which of the “TRAIN” acronym do you feel you need to work on?

  2. How will you apply this in your life this week?


4. Adoption

Sunday we talked about the great need for adoption. One of our initiatives in the GeneroCity Initiative is to give 10% toward fostering and adoption. We also saw that adoption is a beautiful picture of the Gospel looking at what Jesus did for us. He died on the Cross so that we could be adopted into the family of God, which is the church.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” -James 1:27

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” -Ephesians 1:3-7

Questions for Application:

  1. Why is it important that we take care of orphans and widows as the church?

  2. How is adoption a visible picture of the Gospel?

  3. How does this impact your love for Jesus?


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