THE GOSPEL CHANGES THE CULTURE
Know: The power of Jesus is greater than the power of wickedness in this world.
Think: Focus on the power of Jesus to redeem and transform rather than despair at the state of the world
Do: Live out and share the gospel as an act of love, grace, and mercy, demonstrating God’s heart for the lost.
READ: LISTEN TO GOD
Read John 3:16-17; Acts 19:11-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-9. Hope is an incredibly powerful thing. The gospel is the greatest message of hope there has ever been. The gospel can and should give us hope for those around us and fuel our efforts to serve the Lord in building His kingdom.
PRAY: TALK TO GOD
Draw near and stay near to Jesus, seeking His strength to live a godly life and to declare life-changing truth. Pray that you and your family will realize that it is only through God’s power that we can make it through this life. Pray that even when things are going well, your family will know it is all because of God.
DO: WALK WITH GOD
OPTION 1: Sometimes it can be depressing when we look around at the world we live in. There is wickedness all around us, however, God is still changing people’s lives. As Christians, it is our job to stand firm in our pursuit to share the gospel knowing that it can change and bring hope to today’s culture. Practice sharing the gospel with your child. You can take turns role-playing as the Christian and the non-believer. It is important for your child to feel confident and comfortable sharing the gospel. If you have a favorite method of sharing the gospel, you can teach him that. Some examples are the Romans Road and the salvation bracelet.
OPTION 2: Put a white flower (daisy, baby’s breath, carnation, or even a celery stick!) in a vase. Ask your children to put a few drops of food coloring in the water for the flower, then watch the flower over the next few days. The food coloring will begin to tint the flower or celery. The good news of the gospel will begin to change the community around it. Christians build schools and hospitals and homeless shelters; they love beauty and protect nature. They share books and encourage hard work. The gospel is powerful to make good changes in our world.
Today your child learned when the woman found her lost coin she told her friends and neighbors. They knew how important the coins were to her, and they rejoiced with her. When a person chooses to love and follow God, the angels in Heaven rejoice because they know We Are Special to God.
Today your student learned God used prophets and judges to change the culture in the Old Testament and Jesus changed the culture in the New Testament. Jesus changes the culture by changing the lives of individual people. We are to influence the culture around us by being the light of Jesus.
When individual lives are changed by the gospel, the culture around them is also affected. Your teen studied that truth about the church at Corinth and the church at Ephesus. There is a ripple effect on families, neighborhoods, and even cities when the gospel takes root. Think about the institutions in your town or state that were begun as gospel outreaches—colleges, hospitals, the YMCA, homeless shelters, food pantries, and thrift stores. In what ways does your church currently shine as a light in a dark culture?