Sermon Link: Against All Odds Teaching Video
Family Scripture Reading: Genesis 5:32-6:22
Summary: We are in week two of our Against All Odds series talking about some of the Bible’s greatest heroes. What makes them heroes? Despite living in a culture that hated their God, they maintained their character and integrity. This week we talked about Noah and how in the midst of an evil generation God had favor on him and called him to start over humanity. Even though God had some crazy demands that likely made no sense to Noah, it says in 6:22 that Noah did all that God had commanded of him…all of it. If our teenagers and families are to have integrity, integrity cannot live where obedience does not. Integrity comes from living an obedient lifestyle like Noah and it’s possible that God can do a lot with an obedient generation of teenagers and families.
These are questions to ask your teenager that are deeper than, “How was your Wednesday night?!” and them reply, “…good.”
- How would you define integrity?
- What makes you not want to be obedient?
- What is hard about being obedient?
- What are some things God asks of you in your every day life?
- What can I help you be obedient to?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Lay out some tasks for your teenager to accomplish this week and keep them accountable to it. If our teenagers can’t be obedient to the authority in their homes, they are definitely struggling with being obedient to God. Also, celebrate even menial obedience, not because they did what you asked them, but because they’re that much closer to a healthier relationship with God.
- Find a family devotional on obedience in your Bible app. Commit to reading it as a family every morning that your whole family would become more obedient.
- Join a small group and bring your teenager to Sunday morning small groups. A community to learn in and invest in holds us accountable to be obedient. It’s very difficult to run from God and simultaneously be surrounded by His people.