Big Idea: Just as Luther and others took a stand for the gospel, it is critical that we stand with the next generation for our faith.
Family Ministry goal: Our vision for Family Equipping at Calvary is to set a vision and provide a path for discipleship within the context of family so that each member of a family can develop a faith of their own.
I. The command to stand (Romans 5:2, Galatians 5:1, I Corinthians 16:13, II Corinthians 1:24, Ephesians 6:11-14)
A. Biblical commands
B. The Reformation – When did it really start? Wittenberg or Worms?
II. How to Stand
A. In the Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1)
B. In the Word of God (II Thessalonians 2:15)
C. In Worship (Revelation 7:1, 9, 11; 8:2)
D. Standing fully equipped (Ephesians 6:11-14)
E. In Seeking the lost (Revelation 3:20)
F. Standing fully mature and reassured (Colossians 4:12)
G. Standing humbly (I Corinthians 10:12)
A. A faith of their own
B. Fueling conviction and passion
C. Standing together
1) Why are we told far more often to stand rather than other action words? Is standing our ground more of a defensive or offensive posture? What are the presuppositions contained within the command to stand our ground? Why are we commanded to storm the gates of hell?
2) How would you characterize the moral landscape in America? Are we standing, advancing, or retreating? Why do you answer the way you do? What would it look like to take a stand?
3) How much do you know about Luther nailing the 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg? Why do you suppose that this is marked as the beginning of the Reformation? What would have happened if Luther had folded under the political pressure in Worms and recanted his position?
4) What is the connection between standing and spiritual warfare as described in Ephesians 6:10-20? What is the connection between being equipped and standing?
5) How can we best help the next generation take a stand for their faith? What if they want to take a stand that we would not have chosen?
6) How can you personally participate in helping the next generation understand and own a faith of their own? How engaged in that are you now? What would it look to get more engaged?