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Israel: God’s Children

November 17, 2019 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Topic: Israel: God’s Children

Going deeper questions (Life Group)

  • What stood out to you about this message and why?
  • Discuss the fruit, quality and purpose of our life from the references provided. Looking at Isaac, have you ever thought about your walk with God as being an investment in your children God would desire a harvest from?  Do you live like you believe this? (Point I)
  • Why is it important to recognize we are not Jesus? As the parent who did not run after the prodigal or even Jesus leaving when asked, how does our faith in God play out in entrusting our children’s actions / decisions to God? Do you run to rescue your kids to their harm, or listen to the Spirit’s leading- trusting Jesus to be Jesus? (Point II)
  • With Kingdom focus, God warns that Jesus can be division and bring personal rejection. Is your faith or walk with God bring either of those things from children or other family? Often, we try to offset this by providing all that our kids want in order to keep them happy- what is the difference between helping and enabling? (Point III)
  • What role does prayer play in our parenting? If your children would be exactly where your prayer life led them, where would that be right now? (Point IV)

              Message outline

Title: Israel: God’s Children

Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Text: Key Passage-> Supporting Text

Main Idea: God is present and at work all around us!


  1. Our Father’s Purpose
  • The Fruit of our life -Trust & Obey (Genesis 26:1-5)
    • Isaac repeated the example of his dad by leading a divided house with sibling rivalry; yet the faith of his dad was an investment in his life God wanted a harvest from.
  • The Quality of our life- Trust & Obey (Exodus 19:1-6)
  • The Purpose of our life -Trust & Obey (Deuteronomy 7:1-12)
    • Drive out what is contrary to God (Vv.1-5)
    • Receive God’s love (Vv.6-9)
    • Be watchful not to become what is driven out (Vv.10-12)


  1. Our Father’s Investment
  • A parent recognizes Jesus is the greatest answer to their child’s need. You are not Jesus.
    • See -> Hebrews 7:22-28
  • A parent let’s their child walk away; trusting God.
    • See -> Luke 15:11-32.
  • A parent recognizes they may not be what God uses to reach their child; trusting in God.
    • See -> Mark 5:1-20
  • A parent invests in all children, not just the walkers
    • See -> Matthew 9:35-38


III. Our Father’s Focus (Cost of Kingdom Focus)

  • Division
    • See -> Luke 12:52-53
  • Rejection
    • See -> Mark 13:12-13
  • Are we helping or enabling?
    • See -> Matthew 25:1-13


  1. Our Father’s Invitation
  • Intercessory Prayer- submission to Him being the ultimate answer.
    • See -> James 5:13-20

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