The Sunday morning sermon is God’s main message of the week to all of us. The sermon is the beginning of a week-long conversation He desires to have with each one of us. We work the conversation out during the week through personal reflection, Scripture meditation, prayer, further personal bible study and other reading, discussions with other believers, etc. One of the key ways to keep the conversation going as a family is through sermon based family devotions. Simply take the big rocks of the sermon on Sunday morning, and each day discuss one of them as a family. This week, the Linos are talking about work in family devotions, straight out of Sunday’s sermon. I share this with you 1. as a model for how to do sermon based family devotions and 2. to equip you for family devotions this week.
Monday: Where does work come from? Work comes from God; He is a working God. Gen. 2:2-3; John 5:17.
Tuesday: Why do we work? Our working God designed humanity in His image, so we are by design a working people. We are designed for work, not leisure. Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:15.
Wednesday: How is our work the same as God’s work? 1. Through work we join with God in ruling creation–“coax creation to its full potential.” Gen. 1:26-28. Discuss examples in our particular lines of work as pastor, wife/mother, students/children. Discuss examples of how secular work is coaxing creation to its full potential.
Thursday: How is our work the same as God’s work? 2. Through work we join with God in redeeming creation from the curse of sin. Gen. 3:17-19. Discuss examples in our particular lines of work as pastor, wife/mother, students/children. Discuss examples of how secular work redeems creation from the curse of sin.
Friday: The importance of Sabbaths and rest. Gen. 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11. Sabbaths and rest are essential to be reminded why and for whom we work, and to recharge so we can work more honorably for the Lord.