Gospel Households – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

August 21, 2019

In Deuteronomy 6, Yahweh’s people are about to make their long-awaited entrance into the promised land when Moses reminds them of who their God is, what he has said, and what he has done. The words and works of God are to be ever before them–on their minds and before their eyes–as they build homes in this new place. Like the Lord’s Old Testament people, those of us who have trusted in Jesus as our Savior and King also need to remember his words and works. More than anything, we need to remember the Gospel story as we live in our respective homes. Our God wants to live in households that are permeated and shaped by the Gospel.

We saw on Sunday that a Gospel household is…

1. a place where humble gratitude happens. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

2. a place where confessing happens. (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:14)

3. a place where repenting happens. (Proverbs 28:14; Romans 2:4)

4. a place where sacrificial serving happens. (Philippians 2:3-8)

5. a place where forgiving and reconciling happen. (Colossians 3:12-13)

6. a place where hopeful encouraging happens. (1 Peter 1:13; Ephesians 4:29)

7. a place where the true God is worshipped. (Deuteronomy 6:14)

Questions for Reflection & Discussion

1. What other characteristics would you add to this list? Why?

 

2. If you are married or have children, how would you describe your goals for your family? How does your vision for you family align with the vision presented in Deuteronomy 6:4-9?

 

3. If you’ve ever sought to shame your child into compliance or better behavior, why do you think you did that? What alternative approach does the Gospel point you to?

 

4. What’s distracting you and the people in your home from remembering and focusing on the Gospel story?

 

5. What changes must you make (even small, incremental changes) to move toward becoming a more thoroughly Gospel-formed household?

 

6. Is there anything you need to confess to other members of your household? When and how will you do this?

 

7. Don’t lose hope, New Hope. Although we’ve all fallen short, every failure provides us a new opportunity to confess, repent, and to remember we’re forgiven. In our every failure, God gives us a chance to remember the story of the Gospel and thank him for his grace. Let’s do that now, and let’s do it again and again with the people in our households.

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