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21 Day Fast | Day 21: Legacy

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21 Day Fast | Day 21: Legacy

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Acts 13:36-37 NASB
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep …

John 15:16ERV
"You did not choose me. I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.  

Psalms 22:30-31 ERV
Our descendants will serve him. Those who are not yet born will be told about him.   Each generation will tell their children about the good things the Lord has done.

Psalms 71:17-18
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Psalms 78:4-7 NLT
We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about His power and His mighty wonders.   For He issued His laws to Jacob; He gave His instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,  so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting His glorious miracles and obeying His commands.

Luke 12:16-21 NLT
Then He told them a story: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.   He said to himself, 'What should I do? I don't have room for all my crops.'  Then he said, 'I know! I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.  And I'll sit back and say to myself, "My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!"'  "But God said to him, 'You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?'  "Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."


CONSIDER

1. Why did Christ choose you?  What does it mean to “produce fruit that will last?”

2. What is your responsibility to the next generations? 

3. What is our responsibility as a church to the next generations?

4. How do these fit together?

5. If you were to die today, what would be your legacy – the impact you have made on this world for Christ?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would not only be faithful to serve God’s purposes in our generation, but also for the generations to come.

2. Consider the legacy you desire (God desires you) to leave this world.  Consider the legacy God desire our church leave for the generations to come.  Write these down.

3. Pray that God would direct you, empower you, provide for you, correct you so that you might always live to accomplish these.

4. Pray the same for our church.    

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 14: Children & Youth

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21 Day Fast | Day 14: Children & Youth

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Ephesians 6:1-4 NLT
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.  2"Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise:  3If you honor your father and mother, "things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth."  4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 NLT
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  6And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  7Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  8Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  9Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

2 Timothy 2:22 NIV
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Psalms 71:5-6, 17 NIV
For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.  6From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you … 17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.


CONSIDER

• What is the role of parents in the spiritual growth of their children? 

• How much does Deuteronomy 6 resemble your current family and/or your family growing up?  What are you doing well and what are you missing?  

• Why do you think American Christian parents have largely surrendered responsibility to disciple and teach the Word of God to their children?

• How can the church help Christian parents, disciple their own children?

• If you are a parent, what do you personally need to do better to disciple your children?

• What does God expect from his youthful followers?


PRAY

1. Pray for our church to develop strong ministries to children, youth and parents.  

2. Pray for parents to be more active, intentional and confident in discipling their children.

3. Pray for the young people in our church to be faithful disciples of Christ now, and seek to make a difference in their world for Christ.

4. Pray that 1 Timothy 2 and 4, and Psalm 71 would characterize our children and youth.

5. Pray forour Children’s Ministry and leadership:
    Cindy Van Pelt, Denise Kimbrough, Audra Yerxa, Karen Turner, All teachers and assistants

6. Pray for our Student Ministry and leadership:
Randy Ramos – High School , Andrew Cuellar – Mid-High, All teachers, assistants and disciplers.  

 

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