Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 7, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Exodus 20:16, Deuteronomy 5:20, Matthew 5:33-37,
- MONDAY: Matthew 15:1-20,
- TUESDAY: Proverbs 6:16-19, Ephesians 4:17-32,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:1-11,
- THURSDAY: Romans 10:1-15,
- FRIDAY: James 1:1-26, James 3:1-12,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 17:17-28, Proverbs 18:1-8,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Freedom, Life, and Health Sermon Title: Limits, License, Legacy
Delivered On: June 30, 2019
“Honor your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land...” (Exodus 20:12)
Reflect on what honor toward your parents looks like. Give thanks for the ways you have been able to lean into this commandment. Ask forgiveness for those areas of shortcoming, and for the Holy Spirit to guide you toward opportunities to express or exhibit honor to parents or in memory of them.
Fill it up: Identify four ways you can honor your father or mother. Fill their honor tank by acting on one of those ideas each week for the next month. If your parents are no longer with you, what could you do in honor of them?
Small Group Discussion
What comes to mind when you hear the instruction to honor your father and mother?
What did/does honor look like from your parents toward their parents?
What has made it easy to show honor to your parents? What gets/got in the way of showing honor to them?
Read: Ephesians 4:29-32. Make 2 lists, one containing characteristics of dishonor and one describing honor. Share examples of what behavior looks like for items on both lists.
Read: Ephesians 6:1-4. Paul brings the command squarely into New Testament times. What do you think the word exasperate means in v.4? How does that apply to parent/child relationships, especially when the child continually exasperates?
Read: Matthew 5:38-44. Jesus is telling others to do more than what is expected. How does a response of honor impact a potentially difficult situation?
Read: 1 Peter 2:17. The phrase ‘Show proper respect’ (NIV) is the same word translated ‘honor’ later in the verse. To whom do you find it difficult to show honor? Who is it easy to treat that way?
Romans 12:10 instructs us to honor each other. Using verses 11-12 make a list of ways that honor can be demonstrated.
How can honoring others be helpful to the family unit itself?
What is one honoring act you can do toward/in memory of your parents this week?