this week's focus
God's plan is for us to not just be family survivors but family legacy builders. Just as our veterans left us a legacy of freedom, God wants us to leave a legacy of freedom and blessing both for our spiritual and physical descendants.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
2 Timothy 1:5-6 (ESV)
1.Describe something that was imparted to you by your family or a mentor that you are especially thankful for. How did you or how might you say thank you?
Can you see how what they imparted resulted in you having a “double portion?”
2.In our message we mentioned that the most important things to live for are the things that will outlive us: our rewards in Heaven, our legacy we impart to others.
What are some of the blessings, gifts, and abilities that others put in you that you would most like to pass on and leave to another generation?
3.In your own family history and tradition what are some of the negative legacies that you believe God wants you to “reset” or change? Are there “family strongholds” you see that God wants you to intentionally help to break and change? What ways do you especially feel compelled to fight and pray for the next generation to live in freedom from and freedom for?
4.Who are the “descendants” naturally or spiritually that you are specifically called to invest in? Which of the following action steps do you feel you should intentionally take to act on this message?
Reimagine and begin to pray God’s future for my family, my marriage, and our “church kids.”
I need to recognize the gifts and “mantles” that were passed on to me and “stir up” these gifts. Identify and share what these are.
I need to invest in mentoring the next generation-giving them the opportunity to learn, experience, and receive the gifts that were imparted to me.
I need to recommit to “training up my kids in the way they should go.” Which of the following ways to do that mentioned, especially resonate with you?
Spend time creating memories with them that will mark their future?
Work at helping them connect with godly friends who will influence them for God.
Give more effort in “imparting the Father’s blessing” Affirming them, calling out identity and destiny in them.
Intentionally show, teach, correct, and guide them in how to obey God’s commands.
Make a fresh commitment to build a house, marriage, and a home of faith