Three Choices for Life

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Scripture Passage: Proverbs 31:8-9

A picture frame gets its value from the art or image inside of it. The Sanctity of Life discussion is rooted in the truth that we have value because our human frames bear the image of God–not because of how powerful we are, what ethnicity we are, or because of anything we can offer to society.

As Christ-followers, there are three key choices we have to make in our defense of the sanctity of life.

1. Always Choose People Over Convenience.
We need to embrace the value and personhood of those who “have no voice.”

“Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed.”
-Proverbs 31:8

Valuing life doesn’t just apply to abortion. We show we value life when we appreciate and defend all life regardless of class, disability, age, etc.

2. Always Choose Right Over Injustice. 
When we say that our convenience is more important than the value of life, we are placing ourselves on the throne instead of God. We must do what is right even in the face of wrong-doing, confusion, or opposition.

3. Always Choose Grace Over Condemnation. 
We must understand that regardless of the mistakes from our past, complete forgiveness and freedom can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. God’s grace and forgiveness provides healing from our hurts and gives us a new start!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
-1 John 1:9

Discussion Questions:

  • What kinds of people are in danger of being devalued in our culture?
  • Has there ever been a time where you stood up for someone who was being devalued? Why did you do that?
  • What are the challenges or risks in defending the devalued?
  • What is something you can decide to do today to show sanctity for life?

Click here for a digital copy of the parent’s guide to discussing Sanctity of Life with your kids.

On Singleness

Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:7-9

We all have been single and in all likelihood will experience singleness again. If you are single you have the opportunity to use you singleness to honor and glorify God. If you are married, you have the opportunity to love and understand people who are single.

Three ways to find fulfillment in singleness.

1. Guard your heart.
Fulfillment does not come from objects or people.

2. Embrace your freedom.
We should find joy in our current season of life.
We have freedom to pursue our calling in singleness.
We have the freedom to pursue marriage.

3. Rest in Jesus.
Everything you need for contentment is right here in this season of life in Jesus.

Think About It
• Are there areas in your life where you are seeking fulfillment in objects or people?

• Do you have contentment in the current season of life you are in? Why or why not?

• How are you currently pursuing your calling?

• Do you believe that everything you have everything you need for satisfaction in this season of life? Why or why not?

• How can you care for someone who is single right now?

• If you are single, how can your practically pursue God’s calling in your life?

Reminder: You are enough in Jesus Christ!

How to Honor Your Parents

Scripture Passage: Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-4

1. Honor Begins with Obedience


Parents are responsible for giving their children clear rules and guidelines to follow. Guidelines remove the guesswork for kids and provide them with a foundation for obedience. One way in which children can honor their parents is by obeying them.

• If you are a parent, do you give clear guidelines for your children to follow?

• If you are a child, how has obeying your parents protected you from potential harm?

2. Honor Leads to Blessing
The Fifth Commandment states: “Honor your father and mother so that you may have long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

The universal command for all people of any age is not obedience but honor. The Bible doesn’t tell grown-ups that they have to obey their parents. As adults, we honor our parents by giving weight to their counsel and by giving consideration to their needs as aging adults.

• If you are an adult and your parents are still living, what are some ways in which you can honor your mother and father?

Consider these suggestions for how you can honor your mother on this Mother’s Day and beyond.

• Listen to your mother (Proverbs 1:8-9)

• Respect Your Mother (Proverbs 30:17)

• Protect Your Mother (John 19:26-27 and 1 Timothy 5:8)

• Thank your mother (Proverbs 31:28)

3. Honor Changes Culture
The promise in the Fifth Commandment was more than a personal promise to an individual. It was a promise to the entire culture. There is a foundational aspect to honoring our parents — and when we lose it, then the entire structure of society starts to crumble.

• If children of all ages were to stop honoring their parents, what would be the potential impact on our society?

Reflections of Marriage

Scripture Passage: Ephesians 5:31-33

Not everyone should be married. But everyone should value marriage. One of Kingsland’s Legacy Milestones is Biblical Marriage.

Why does marriage matter?
• Because marriage was invented by God.
• Because marriage is the cornerstone of home life.
• Because we learn something about our relationship to God in the marriage relationship.

Genesis 1 reveals that humans were created in the image of God – unique among all the rest of creation.

Every believer can better understand how God relates to us by recognizing the ways that marriage reflects the nature of God.

Marriage Offers a Glimpse of God’s Leadership (verses 22-23)
• Verses 15-21 – Mutual submission
• Husbands are to lead as Jesus led us – sacrificial v. 23
• Be filled with Holy Spirit. V. 18
• Think about the mutual submission of the Trinity.

Marriage Offers a Glimpse of God’s Love
• Deeper love; more than just affection
• Commitment not emotional
• There is no perfect husband/wife
• Marriage gives you a taste of Heavenly love: love with patience and grace like He does.
• “Marriage should start on simmer and end on a boil,” Pastor Rush.
• God has demonstrated love to us when we were absolutely unlovable and incapable of loving him back.

Marriage Offers a Glimpse of God’s Commitment
• In v. 31, Paul quotes Genesis 2: 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
• There’s a leaving that’s important here.
• There’s a joining that’s important here – “becoming one flesh.”
• Commitment is a radical lifelong pursuit.

Table Discussion Questions:
• What does mutual submission mean?
• How does a Biblical marriage provide a glimpse of God’s leadership?
• Children: Why do mommy and daddy submit to one another?
• How does the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit practice mutual submission?
• How does a covenant differ from a contract?

The Call for Collective Legacy

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Scripture Passage: Judges 1-2
We want to pass on a legacy of following after Jesus to the next Generation. We want to see this generation of households transformed by the power of the Gospel.
At Kingsland, one of our core values is “Collective Legacy” –  recognizing that ALL of us have a role to play in the spiritual formation of the next generation. We believe that God first ordained the home and family as the primary place of discipleship, the Church is there to “fill in the gaps.” This means that ALL of us have a responsibility to future generations.
Every Christian must embrace his or her role in Collective Legacy because of the THREE GENERATIONS described in Judges 2:8-10. These three generations are examples of what we could be, we can pass on our collective legacy or neglect it and turn away from it.
  1. The Compromising Generation (Judges 1:19-32)
This generation didn’t blatantly disobey Gods commands they simply lots their zeal for his commands, embraces half-obedience and ignored evil.
It still happens today, how many of us have watched a move or TV show in the past year that you would have never watched ten years ago. American christians fall into the trap of measuring our godliness by the world’s standard – simply desiring to be just a little better than the world.
  1. The Lost Generation (Judges 2:10)
This generation not only didn’t know the lord, they didn’t even know what the Lord had done.
In the same way today, statistically, things are not trending well. In the past few months Chick-fil-a has recently been banned from 2 airports in our country and 1 right down the road in San Antonio, TX. Why? Because their founder is a Christian and supports Biblical standards, not because the business itself discriminates toward anyone.  It doesn’t take very much or very long for a generation to be lost. The compromising generation lead to a lost generation.
  1. The Faithful Generation (Judges 2:8-16)
The hope for the next generation is to learn from previous generations, to remember what matters, and to be restored by Jesus.
The vision at Kingsland is that homes are being transformed with the Gospel. The home is where revival begins. The church is supposed to support the home in raising up new generations. It takes a few who live the Blessing.
Discussion Questions:
  • Of the three which generation do you want to be? (Our hope is that everyone wants to be the Faithful Generation)
  • What will you do tomorrow to pass your faith to the next generation?
  • What can you do this year to pass on your faith to the next generation?
  • What will this look like in your family?
  • How will you serve ALL the children and students around you?

The Empty Tomb Changes Everything

Scripture Passage: Mark 16:1-8

Every skeptic should consider two important statements made by the angel to the women at the empty tomb.

1. See The Place (verse 6)
Easter should change your mind about Jesus.

The resurrection is Ground Zero for belief in Jesus. Because of the resurrection, we cannot regard Jesus as simply a good man or a teacher. We must consider His claims to be the Son of God — the Messiah. Skeptics must deal with the empty tomb before embarking on any other philosophical arguments.

Some have suggested that the body of Jesus was stolen. 
What possible motives would this have served? If the body had been stolen and the disciples knew it, would they have given their lives for this lie?

Others have suggested that Jesus did not die on the cross. What are the problems with this theory given what history teaches about the way in which the Romans had perfected the art of crucifixion?

We believe that Jesus rose from the dead. How does the resurrection affirm the claims of Jesus?

2. Do Not Be Alarmed (verse 6)
Easter should change your mind about your future.

The resurrection alleviates the pain of fear, trials, and suffering.

Every life will end in death. Regardless of our efforts to cheat death, it will come for all. After the death of His friend Lazarus, Jesus told Lazarus’ sisters, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” If Jesus was right about the resurrection, then He is right about life and eternal life.

In what ways does the resurrection of Jesus give you comfort?

The resurrection of Jesus means that death is defeated.

Remember that we are responsible for our choices and actions. We must choose to live in a way that pleases God.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Scripture Passage: Mark 11

Why did Jesus have to die? If God is a loving God then why would He sacrifice His own Son? Couldn’t there be another way?

Three Reasons Jesus Had to Die on the Cross

1. Jesus Had to Die to Rescue Us.
In the Temple, Jesus saw how desperately wicked we are and that we could never get back to God on our own. We need to be rescued because we are all sinners and the wages of sin is death. No amount of self-righteousness could rescue us—only Jesus!

2. Jesus Had to Die Because He Was the Perfect Sacrifice.
Only a perfect sacrifice would be acceptable to a perfect God. Jesus was perfect and righteous, and no more sacrifices would ever need to be made in the Temple again.

3. Jesus Had to Die to Prove God’s Love.
Jesus did more than say He would lay His life down for us. He did it and in so doing He proved God’s love. God’s love for us sent Jesus to the cross so the veil would be torn and everyone would have access and could come in to God’s presence.

The rescue mission is complete, the perfect sacrifice has been made and God’s love has been put on display. This is why Jesus had to die—so there would no longer be any division between God and man.

Discussion Questions

• What did Jesus see that day in the Temple that helps explain why He had to die? (merchants, money changers, sacrifices, Temple Veil)

• Do you try to be good enough? Why is that never going to be enough? (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 7:24)

• What was the purpose of the veil? Why is it significant that the veil was torn?
Is there any part of you that says you don’t need rescuing? Confess and lay that at Jesus’ feet now.

Sacrifice and Power

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Scripture: Mark 10:35-45

We continued our series today in the book of Mark about Defining Moments in our lives. In Mark 10, James and John (and their mom) ask Jesus for places of greatness beside Him. Jesus tells them they aren’t able to drink the cup He’s about to drink, but they will suffer to bring glory to the Lord. Mark gives us some reminders about greatness.

  1. True Greatness Comes Through Sacrifice

You need to know how to take orders before you can give them.

  1. Lasting Influence Comes Through Suffering

In Mark 10:38, Jesus mentions “the cup” He will drink. “The cup” in scripture refers to the wrath of God. Jesus reminds us that His greatest moment of glory would also be his greatest moment of suffering.

Our guest speaker, Any Pettitte, Major League Baseball pitcher, spoke about using his career to bring glory to God. He told about the 2007 Mitchell Report that could have greatly impacted his witness for the Gospel.

  1. Our Freedom Comes Through the Cross

Mark 10:45 says Jesus gave His life as a ransom. Ransom means buying the freedom of a slave. If you have accepted Christ, your greatness is your freedom from sin, because that freedom has already been paid for.

Discussion Suggestions:

  • In Andy’s testimony, he said he grew up in church, but didn’t accept Christ until he was at a revival at age 11, when he first heard about salvation. Can someone attend church regularly and NOT be saved? What does salvation require?
  • Think about some “great” people and talk about what makes them great.
  • Andy was the only rookie on his team in 1995, and he was bold enough to be the Chapel Leader. How can we prepare the next generation to be that strong in their faith as young adults?

The Problem with Self Reliance

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Scripture Passage: Mark 10:17-22

Americans today pride themselves in individualism and self-reliance. Question for thought: At what point is self-reliance dangerous? From this passage, what does God want us to see?

No one can be truly fulfilled until they recognize the lies this young man told himself:

  1. Lie: “I’m successful because I’m good.” (Success is not salvation)
  • Sometimes there is a disposition in our hearts to believe we can be good enough (verse 17 & 18). We may think that if we are moral and good, then bad things won’t happen.
  • Even the disciples of Jesus had the same mindset (John 9:1-3).
  • TRUTH: Jesus corrects this thinking by explaining it is impossible for anyone to be saved by their own merits. “No one is good except God alone.” Understanding this flips our approach to God. The rich young ruler needed God, needed the sufficiency of God. The good in our life is good.
  1. Lie: “I need Jesus to get across the finish line.” (I’m almost there with what I’ve done. Jesus is sort of a supplement in my Christian diet.)
  • Verse 19 & 20: In these verses, Jesus lists out commands about our relationship with God.
  • The man feels like he is SO close to getting this right. He has been successful in everything else–surely he can figure out this part too.
  • TRUTH: The guy doesn’t desperately want to follow Jesus. He wanted to add Jesus to his menu of other things he depended on as well.
  • Being “good” isn’t it. Following Him, serving, seeking, him is.

Are we desperate for God?

Discussion Questions

  1. As was talked about in the sermon, what owns you (other gods you may be worshipping)?
  2. What do you need to surrender to Jesus and hand off your own self-will?
  3. What was your biggest takeaway from the lesson today?

Baptism

Scripture Passage: Mark 1:4-11.

There are  3 essential benefits of baptism:

1. Baptism is a symbol of your death and resurrection. The word baptize in Greek translates “to bury” or “to totally immerse” — which is the reason we baptize by immersion. It is symbolic of the death and burial of Jesus. When we are baptized we are being buried and raised, from death into new life.

2. Baptism pictures your new life. Read Corinthians 5:17. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are new creations.

3. Baptism pictures your part in God’s redemptive plan. Jesus was baptized to identify Himself with us. When we are baptized, we are identifying with Him.

Discussion:

• Baptism is a symbol. Discuss other symbols from the Bible.

• If you have been baptized, tell your family about the experience.

• When should a person get baptized?

• If a person has given their life to Jesus and never gets baptized, are they still saved? Why or why not?