How are you influencing the next generation?
Who was (or is) the most influential person in your life?
God wants us building each other up as temples for His Holy Spirit. He wants parents preparing their children to live in victory, power, and freedom as a result of knowing Jesus. Families, consider where you are leading your children. All family members should be encouraged and lifted up. What young people need to understand and believe is that they are not responsible for their parents’ sins. Adults in a family need to understand they are responsible for the direction in which they point the children. Adults influence children, teens, and young adults as teachers, coaches, church workers, and neighbors. Be sure you point those looking up to you in God’s direction.
Primary Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-2, Genesis 25:29-33, Psalm 78:5-8
Read Hebrews 12:1-2
1. According to verse 2 Jesus endured the cross for something he looked forward to. What was Jesus anticipating?
Read Genesis 25:29-33
2. Jacob quickly used this situation to his advantage. How did he trick Esau? How did Jacob’s parents influence his behavior in this situation?
3. Why was Esau willing to sell his birthright? Share a time when you gave up something in the future for something you wanted right now. How can we use our experiences to lead our children (or those we influence) to make better choices?
Read Psalm 78:5-8
4. How did God make sure all generations would know Israel’s laws? How do we point future generations to God?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Genesis 25:19-34 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.