All families have rules – be home at this time, watch what you say, be nice. Rules are easily manipulated with legalistic attitudes. In this series, we will learn how to build our families on powerful words instead of rules, words like faith, obedience, prayer, transparency. Choosing the right words for your family is imperative.
Week 1: Faith (Joshua 4:1-7)
Faith, when defined correctly, is a powerful word to build into our families. When Joshua led the nation of Israel into the promised land, he would give families a powerful picture of faith. When our children see these stones, they will ask, “What do these stones mean?” Faith is teaching our family to trust the Lord for what he has already done.
Week 2: Obedience (Joshua 24:1-24)
Obedience is a powerful word to build into our families. When Joshua was nearing the end of his life and ministry, he challenged God’s family to decide whom they would obey. Joshua knew that the future of our families would depend on our obedience to a Jealous God.
Week 3: Prayer (1 Kings 18:20-40)
Prayer is a powerful word to build into our families. Teaching our children to talk to God can have tremendous benefits. Elijah prayed for God to raise the dead, he prayed for a drought, for fire to fall from heaven, and God answered. Teaching our children to ask the Lord for anything changes everything.
Week 4: Confession (1 John 1:9)
Transparency is a powerful word to build into our families. Being transparent encourages
truth and our need for grace. David’s lack of transparency unleashed years of destruction in
his family. Confession cripples sin’s power.