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Marriage and Family | Psalm 78:1-8

How can the institutions of marriage and family be a part of restoring our culture to God’s original design? As we take a break from our 1 Corinthians series, Chris Sherrod, Watermark’s new Director of Marriage and Family, shows us how to love completely, train intentionally, and testify personally so that every generation is equipped to teach the next generation about the wondrous works of God.

Chris SherrodMay 8, 2022
Psalms 78:1-8

In This Series (4)
Marriage and Family | Psalm 78:1-8
Chris SherrodMay 8, 2022
All Hands on Deck | May 2022
Blake Holmes, Kyle Thompson, Todd Anders, Ben Caldwell, Mickey FriedrichMay 1, 2022
Good Friday 2022
John ElmoreApr 15, 2022
Leveraging Our Lives for the Sake of the Gospel | 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 3, 2022

Summary

How can the institutions of marriage and family be a part of restoring our culture to God’s original design? As we take a break from our 1 Corinthians series, Chris Sherrod, Watermark’s new Director of Marriage and Family, shows us how to love completely, train intentionally, and testify personally so that every generation is equipped to teach the next generation about the wondrous works of God.

Key Takeaways

  • Marriage and family ministry applies to everyone because:
    • The church is consistently described in family terms.
    • Throughout Scripture the believing community creates an opportunity for parents to explain and pass on their faith to their children.
    • Civilization depends on the strength and health of the traditional family.
  • We tend to forget what we should remember and remember what we should forget.
  • Every generation has a responsibility to teach the next about the works of God (Psalm 78:4b-5).
  • Our goal is multi-generational faithfulness so that the next generation:
    • Knows God’s works and words (Psalm 78:6)
    • Puts their confidence in God (Psalm 78:7)
    • Remembers and obeys (Psalm 78:7)
  • God’s works and word are commemorated by the community and then illuminated by the family. The corporate celebration sparks the personal conversation.
  • Kids’ first impression of the gospel is modeled in the home (Ephesians 5:25-30).
  • Love completely, train intentionally, and testify personally (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
  • We must decide if God is the designer and definer of reality first (Proverbs 9:10).
  • Training our children is intentional, directional, developmental, and generational.
  • Home is to be a Word environment, and more is caught than taught.
  • Kids aren’t asking for perfection; they just want to see the reality of their parents’ transformative relationship with Jesus (Deuteronomy 6:20-23).
  • Kids don’t reject our theology; they reject our hypocrisy.
  • Family and children’s ministry is both evangelism and spiritual formation.
  • If something is important, we make the time; if it’s not important, we make excuses.
  • The legacy that you leave will depend on the life that you live.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Are you submitted to God as the designer and definer of your reality, or is culture shaping you more than Christ?
  • In what ways are you committed to passing on your faith to the next generation?
  • Is it clear for the next generation to see how the gospel has transformed you, or is your theology misaligned with your actions?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: Psalm 78:1-8; Judges 2:10; Ephesians 5:22-30; Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 20-24; Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 127 (arrows); Isaiah 29:16; Hebrews 13:4; Psalm 44:1; Psalm 71:18; Psalm 102:18; Psalm 145:3-4; 2 Timothy 1:13-14; Deuteronomy 32:7
  • Book: Family and Civilization by Carle C. Zimmerman