Message: "Choosing the Legacy of Your Household"
Year of the Book Discussion Questions
From the Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible: “24:14-15 choose this day whom you will serve. Joshua left his people with the choice to serve the God who had chosen, liberated, and provided for them (vv 2-13) or to lapse back into the worship of the false gods of their ancestors on the other side of the Euphrates before God called Abraham. This choice is the one left for us as well; we must ‘choose this day whom we will serve.’ If we choose false gods, such lapses today are a reversion to what we too had once been for the grace of God.”
On Matthew 6:24, from The Christbook: Matthew 1-12 by F. Dale Bruner: No one can serve two masters. "The commonest god in the world is Success, and the Christian no less than others want to be successful in something. But this saying teaches that we cannot work largely for God and then moonlight for Gain- it is one or the other… thus, once again disciples are asked to give their faith either to God or to people. For Jesus ‘makes it clear that whoever fails to do his duty as he should on account of Mammon – money or pleasure, popularity or favor- will not be acknowledged by God as His servant but as His enemy” (p. 325)
- If someone were to look at either your calendar or bank account, would it be obvious to them what you value most in this world? What do you prioritize?
GOD: WHAT IS GOD SAYING/DOING?
- The tribes of Israel are faced with a choice as to whom they will serve. In making their choice, the people reflect upon what God has done for His people. What do they say God has done (v. 17-18)?
- God is revered for the protection (v. 17) he has provided to the Israelites against their enemies. Why was this important for them in their journey?
GATHER: WHAT IS THE COVENANTAL COMMUNITY DOING AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?
- From the Renovare Spiritual Formation Study Bible: As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (24:15) “Joshua declares his intention to serve the Lord and tells the people to choose whom they will serve. Meditate on the phrase…What does it mean for a family to ‘serve the Lord’? Is it more difficult today than it was in Joshua’s time? Why or why not? (p. 339)
Jesus states in the Sermon on the Mount that "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other." (Matt 6:24). Why do you think Jesus' disciples are cautioned against this? Why might this be significant for the Church today? What gods might tempt disciples (and even churches) today?
GO: HOW CAN THIS SCRIPTURE SHAPE YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBORS?
- Based on our study so far, what did it look like for the Israelites to serve the Lord? What does it look like to serve the Lord today? How do you personally serve the Lord Monday through Saturday through either your vocation or in other ways?
What are the ways First Presbyterian Church of Orlando serves the Lord in the greater Central Florida area? How might you, your family, or your group become involved in what the church is doing across the community? How might you find out more?
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