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What Really Matters

Bauer Evans, on June 21, 2020. Part of the Crossway Church 2020 series

Main point: God calls us as dad’s to pass the gospel to the next generation

Key ideas:

Point 1:
God’s Glorious Deeds

“We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.” ~ vs. 4

Point 2:
God’s Word

“He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children… ” ~ vs. 5

Point 3:
Our calling

“that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children …
so that they should set their hope in God” ~ vs. 6

Point 4:
Our hope

“ ... so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.” ~ vs. 7-8

Quotes

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~ 2 Cor. 5:20

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him” ~ Psalm 103.13

“In every moment when you are parenting, you are being parented. In every moment when you are called to give grace, you are being given grace. In every moment when you are rescuing and protecting your children, you are being rescued and protected. In every moment when you feel alone, you are anything but alone because he goes wherever you go.” ~ Paul Tripp

Application Questions:

~When it comes to your parenting, do you view yourself more as an owner or an ambassador?

~How can the psalmist’s purpose and priorities shape your parenting?

~What ‘good things” might you be more preoccupied with that push Christ and his glories to the periphery of your parenting?

~What about Christ and his gospel excites you this morning?

~How might you speak of those ‘glories’ to your children this week?

~How might you live out of those ‘glories’ more intentionally before your kids?


Psalm 78:1-8

A Maskil of Asaph.

78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God. (ESV)


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