Picture Perfect (Part 4): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

The family is the unifying system by which we live as His people under His authority for His purposes.

Study Verses

Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 2:19-22, Hebrews 3:3-6, Hebrews 2:11

Key Points

  • Redemption is not our work, but God’s work as He fits us together for His purposes.
  • The reason for God’s order isn’t to support our lifestyle. It is setup for His purposes and we are invited in and given authority. 
  • Idolatry is broken by embracing God’s authority over our lives and in our lives.
  • What God is redeeming is the relationship between He and His people as we dwell together.
  • The purposes of God in our lives aren’t isolated or independent. They are intended to impact and influence others.
  • Your purpose is a small part of God’s larger purpose that continues toward completion in the generations that come.
  • We each bring ourselves together to become the place where God dwells.
  • He provides us with opportunities to influence, input and contribute to a family much bigger than ourselves. 

ENCOUNTER

  • Your purpose is a small part of God’s larger purpose that continues toward completion in the generations that come. How should this statement reframe the way you approach your own family story?
  • Read Hebrews 2:11. Do you believe what has unfolded in your life and family story inhibits you from making an impact and being part of the bigger story God is telling through His family (the church)? Why or why not? How do your actions and mindset line up with your answer?
  • Idolatry is broken by embracing God’s authority over our lives and in our lives. How can one make an idol out of themselves or their family story? Where does idolatry exist in your heart?

FORMATION

  • Read Ephesians 1:13-14. What does redemption look like? How are the concepts of identity, authority and legacy redeemed in the family?
  • Read Ephesians 2:19-22. In what ways is our concept of a “family” smaller than what God intended? How should this passage influence the way we treat and care for others?
  • Read Hebrews 3:3-6. How does this passage speak to you and your family being a brick in the house that God is building?

EXPRESSION

  • Every individual and family is given a brick that is part of the house God is building. How would you describe your brick? How does your answer make you feel?
  • How can your brick support the weight of another person or family? Who needs to know they are part of a larger family?
  • What has been the greatest insight you’ve received during the “Picture Perfect” series? Why did this point stand out and how will it shape you moving forward?
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