Feb. 23, 2020
At the end of chapter 3, Paul and Timothy turn their attention to the Christian household, giving instructions for husbands, wives, and children in light of what Jesus has done for us. In fact, the family exists—in the ultimate sense—to live out a demonstration of the gospel.
What are the strengths of the nuclear family? What are the weaknesses? Why is it so important that our individual families be connected in an extended community?
Regardless of your gender, family status, etc., where does God want you to grow: love, submission, obedience, graciousness? What practical steps can you take in obedience?
How does the family and its various roles all serve to point to Jesus? How is the gospel our foundation for a healthy, loving family life?
How does the gospel motivate you to want to go and invite others into the family of God?
Pray that you would grow in Christlikeness, more fully reflecting his character in all aspects of your life.
Pray that your family and your life as an individual would serve as a witness to the gospel, inviting people from all walks of life into the family of God.
For Further Reading
David Brooks’ article in The Atlantic, The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake