Family Bible Study – Week 6 Recap
July 22, 2021
If you haven’t yet read the introduction, vision, and the previous weeks’ content for this family Bible study, please catch-up at calvaryphx.com/kids before proceeding.
FBS Vision: the Shema – Deut 6
“…love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength… teach them diligently to your children…”
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. And you shall repeat them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:4–7)
Why Shema? Jesus listed it when asked what the most important commandment is:
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37–40)
Over the past 5 weeks we’ve looked at 5 keywords in the Shema: Hear, Love, Lord, Heart, Soul.
We’ve looked at how we’re supposed to love God with:
- Our heart: our will and affection
- Our soul: our whole life and being
- And now we’ll look at the word here translated strength
We won’t spend a lot of time on this one, but I do want to take some time to look at some other exhortations in Scripture we can apply to our lives and families every day.
Watch 4-minute video on this week’s part of the Shema we’re looking at.
Strength – “me’od” – very or much, an adverb, it intensifies a word. It means everything! All of yourself!
This word basically leaves no room for any exceptions to loving God with our whole selves.
Jesus said mind and power when describing Me’od. Mark 12:30.
Limitless ways to live for God every moment, opportunity to honor and love God. To serve Him.
We’re to love God with our heart, soul, and everything else!
In light of this, living for God, loving Him and those around us, let’s spend some time looking at a few portions of Scripture that help us do this. They help us renew our minds and become more like Jesus.
Look up & Discuss:
- 1 Peter 2:9-12 – Our Identity
- 1 Peter 3:8-12 – Daily Living
- 1 John 3:11-24 – Loving one another
- Gal 5:1-6; 13-15; 16-26 – Free in grace to love, flesh vs. Spirit
- Gal 6:1-10 – Living for God, helping others
- Eph 4:17-32 – Old nature, new nature
- Eph 6:10-18 – Armor of God
- Phil 4:4-9 – Focus on this
- Romans 8 – Lots of incredible stuff!!!
- Besides your personal daily devotions and prayer
- Encourage to pray regularly as a family
- Encourage to have family devos at least once a week (song, scripture, prayer).