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August 1, 2021 | Javan Shashaty
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This past weekend was Father’s Day! Together, we had a great time honoring all dads and the legacies they’re building. During this special service, we worshipped our heavenly Father and celebrated the fathers God has used to shape our lives.
In this week’s group study, Pastor Reuben Ramsaran invites us into a deeper conversation about legacy!
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Below, you’ll find some key questions to reflect on and consider in your group, with your family, or in your circle of friends, some action points fo the week, and a look ahead.
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalm 127:3–5 (NIV)
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
Ice Breaker: What’s your favorite memory with your dad, grandfather, or an important father figure in your life?
Getting the Conversation Going: This past weekend, we looked at the idea of legacy. Legacy is what you will be remembered for; what you leave behind. Dads are such a critical part of our lives, and the legacy they leave impacts our lives in so many ways. What was your experience like with your dad?
Key Takeaway: Dads teach us that it’s not about perfection!
Look at any father figure, besides our heavenly Father, and no matter how great they may be, you will see imperfections. So, if you feel imperfect in your role as a dad or leader, remember that you’re not alone. Why? Because we all fail! None of us are perfect, except for God. But we aren’t called to be, and we shouldn’t expect perfection of ourselves. Instead, as parents, spouses, leaders, friends, coworkers, classmates, neighbors, and fellow humans, what we should strive for daily is to seek to become just a little more like Jesus than we were the day before. Listen to the words of the apostle Paul in Colossians 3:12 (NIV): “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Dad, in Christ, you ARE chosen, holy, and dearly loved. And because you are chosen, holy, and dearly loved, you can, in Christ, grow to become more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and more patient. You can, in Christ, clothe yourself in these characteristics because as you grow more like Him, as you are conformed to His image, as you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, the way you live, the way you treat others, the way you view the world, your role, and your legacy will change because it will be less about you and more about Christ and His kingdom!
This Week: Talk about what you want your legacy to be, and pray for each other to reach all of the God-given potential He has for you!
Pray It Out: Share prayer requests in your group. Write down the requests of your group members, spend time praying over these requests, and keep praying individually over them throughout the week.
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.