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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the week: How to Raise Successful Children
Saturday, April 21, 2012

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In Deuteronomy 11:6-7, Moses instructed the Israelites to keep all of God's commandments, making sure to teach them to their children. The prophet Micah comes along around 700 years later and stresses the importance of doing right, loving mercy, and practicing humility before God—as stated in Micah 6:8. Then 700-plus years later, Jesus comes along and sums up all of God's commandments into what he calls the "two greatest commandments": love God, love people (Matt. 22:35-40). As we seek to live as Christians and Christian parents, we would do well to keep those two commandments always front and center.

Key Study Passage:

Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Micah 6:8

  1. According to Deuteronomy 6:6, what were the Israelites to do before teaching the commandments to their children? What Christian parenting principle can we draw from this verse? (Review Wednesday and Thursday's readings.)
  2. How do you currently help your children learn about God and the Bible? Over the next few days, talk to a few Christian parents about how they're teaching Christian principles to their children.
  3. What would a family look like that tried to live by Micah 6:8? How might the verse impact how that family uses its time and resources?
  4. Memorize Micah 6:8; look for ways to model this verse in your family and community.

Spend Time in Prayer: Reflect on Micah 6:8, praying that God will help you "to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God"; ask him to reveal specific ways you can apply this verse.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Micah 6:8

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Micah 6:8

8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Prayer for the Week
Father, forgive me when my expectations for my kids reflect my own definition of success rather than yours; help me to more consistently model for my family what it means to be a sincere Christ-follower.

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