Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Symphony of Christ's Blessings"
This post is based on Joel Bain's sermon, A Symphony of Christ's Blessings, given on April 15, 2018.
This past Sunday we heard from our friend and brother in Christ, Joel Bain. Joel shared with us of his love for his first experience hearing a live orchestra and his even greater love for the gospel. Illustrating for us the wonder of how up to 100 skilled musicians can all know what to play, when to play, and how to play a piece of music together, Joel observed that everything the orchestral musicians did was centered around one thing…the sheet music. Much like the sheet music that unites all of the musicians when playing classical music, the gospel is even more critical and central. It’s in the gospel that our priorities are shaped, our hearts are stimulated and motivated to sacrifice, and our lives are united in partnership with other believers. The gospel we were reminded on Sunday is our guide in the “performance of Christian mission.”
As a family, read Romans 15:22-29
- In verse 22, Paul tells the Roman believers that he has “often been hindered from coming” to them. What kinds of hindrances has he experienced? (II Corinthians 11:24-28 has a sampling of Paul’s ministry experiences he may have referred to.)
- In verse 23 of our text from Sunday, the Apostle Paul said, “I no longer have any room for work in these regions” where he was sharing the gospel message. What do you think he means?
- In verse 24 of our reading, the Apostle Paul was hoping to see the believers in Rome and to have them help him on his way to Spain. Why would he be wanting to go to Spain and what kind of help was he seeking?
- What are some ways that your family can be united in partnership with others in the mission of the gospel message being proclaimed among the nations to those who have never heard of Jesus?
Family: Thank the Lord for giving us the Gospel to shape us into Christ’s likeness, to stimulate/motivate us to count the cost of living for Jesus, and to unite us in fellowship and mission with Christians in our church and all over the world.
[Post by Carl Hirst]