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7 for 7: Seven Words for Seven Days

I am in the process of developing a spiritual development plan for my family and me.  My wife and I have five children and we are constantly talking about ways we can share God’s truth with our children in age-appropriate, practical and significant ways.  I do not know about you, but I have tried many different Bible study plans and approaches for my family, many of which have either been too extensive, or to watered-down…sometimes inevitably leading to doing nothing.  My desire is to make our family’s interaction with God and His Word casual and a natural part of our lives…but as all parents know, without a plan, chaos is sure to follow.  SO…I have begun putting something down on paper that I think is the best of both worlds…something that is casual and interactive! 

Basically, what I am developing is something I am calling, 7 for 7: Seven Words for Seven Days!  There are 7 days of the week (and for us, there are seven members of our family; not real significant for the study, just a neat reality for us), and each day of the week will have a certain spiritual concept that can be meditated on and discussed.  These 7 words/ideas will contain three main components: (1) A Key concept about God; (2) A Key Scripture to memorize; and (3) A Key application question for daily living.  These three components can be discussed anytime during the day; during any mealtime, while you are driving, bedtime, etc.  The goal is to have a spiritual word/concept for the day that can be developed and talked about whenever it is convenient for the family.  This can be done as simply as I have laid out below, or can be done in much greater depth.  As Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “You shall teach them (God’s commands) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  One of the great joys and challenges for parents today is doing that very thing.  I think most parents intend to talk about spiritual things with their kids, but because they do not have a simple game plan, their intentions rarely become a consistent reality.  As you will see below, there are 7 key words to be focused on each week.  These are 7 words and concepts I want my children growing up centering their spiritual lives on.  There are obviously more spiritual terms every Christian parent will introduce their children to, but these are 7 foundational words from which others thoughts can flow.  Also, even though only one word is emphasized each day, there will no doubt be some overflow of each word everyday…the goal is to simplify and focus on one concept each day as you mediate on and discuss God’s Word.  Here is a simple 7 for 7 outline:

 Sunday – A day of TRUTH

Key Concept: God is truth!  God has revealed Himself in His Word and we must take His Word as truth!

 Key Scripture: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” –John 17:17

 Application question: We know God primarily through His Word (the truth), what is one thing you have learned from God’s Truth today and how will you apply it your life?

 -Truth is foundational to every other concept that will be looked at…so, it is fitting that the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, should be about truth!  This is a day the family worships together and can discuss the sermon, Sunday School/Bible Study lessons, etc.

Monday – A day of GRACE

Key Concept: God is gracious!  God forgives, not because we earn it or deserve it, but because He is good!

Key Scripture:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9

Application question:  How has God shown you grace?  How have you shown, or how can you show grace to others?

-Grace is the perfect compliment to truth…so, it is fitting for it to follow truth…and it is the perfect concept to discuss at the start of a work/school week.  Grace is needed everyday, but it seems to be needed much on Mondays J

Tuesday – A Day of FAITH

Key Concept:  God is trustworthy!  Without faith, believing in God, it is impossible to please Him.

Key Scripture:  “And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:6

Application question:  Why is it important to trust God?  How did or didn’t you trust Him today?

-Faith is essential to the Christian life.  Jesus said, “How blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”  Faith always gets God’s attention and each day we should seek to walk by faith and not sight.

Wednesday – A Day of OBEDIENCE

Key Concept:  God is worthy of our full obedience!  We obey God because we love Him and desire to please Him!

Key Scripture:  “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” –John 14:15

Application question:   What is one way you can obey God?  How have you obeyed/disobeyed Him today?

-The only real proof of our love for God is our obedience.  As James says, “Faith without works is dead.”  Our joyful obedience to the Lord shows our true love for Him.

Thursday – A Day of JOY

Key Concept:  God is the given of true life!  When we walk with God we will experience true joy and abundant life!

Key Scripture:  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” –John 10:10

Application question:  One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy, why is it important to show joy in the Christian life?  How have or haven’t you displayed joy in your life today?

-A Christian’s life and home should be filled with joy and laughter.  Joy is one of the most missing elements of many Christian’s lives and homes, and we must remember that Jesus came to give us true and abundant life.

Friday – A Day of PERSEVERANCE

Key Concept:  God is never-ending!  He endures forever and will finish what He starts.  God’s children will persevere to the end!

Key Scriptures:  “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 1:6

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” –Romans 5:3-5

Application question:  Why will true Christians never quit trusting and walking with God?  In what ways are you having to persevere in your Christian life?

-Perhaps one of the most distinguishing characteristics of true Christians is perseverance.  God’s children will struggle, but true believers will endure to the end and will never quit trusting God.  In every struggle and trial of life, we must learn to depend on the Lord and persevere.

Saturday – A Day of LOVE

Key Concept:  God is love!  We must remember that one of God’s chief attributes is love!  We love because God first loved us!

Key Scripture:  “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

Application question:  The two greatest commandments can be summed up by saying: Love God and Love Others; why is love so important to God and how can you show God’s love on a daily basis?  How did you show it today?

I would love your feedback and would appreciate any suggestions you might add to what I have presented.  Again, this is just something we are trying as a family and something I hope the Lord uses greatly in our lives…as focus on:

TRUTH

GRACE

FAITH

OBEDIENCE

JOY

PERSEVERANCE

LOVE

Jeremy Freeman

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  • Mark Hamilton

    Jeremy, I read your submission to the Baptist Messenger. I think your effort to be creative was a great success. Any parent who thoughtfully goes about educating their children will testify to the great value of being creative. However, since you requested feedback I thought I would humbly offer a point or two (or three) for consideration.

    Point one- While the seven descriptors you selected are true and profitable for ones reflection upon God’s nature, there is curiously, no mention of God’s justice (i.e. Holiness). Now some may say that the justice of God ought to be the last element of the divine nature which children should know about. To the contrary, as one man has stated, “The more we emphasize the inflexible demands of justice and holiness, the more marvelous become the love of God and its provisions” (John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied, p.18). To not teach our children what God’s holiness demands will result in their becoming men and women who have no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18). To speak regularly of God’s holiness and justice will result positively, first for the parent, who, despite deserving God’s infinite displeasure has instead received His lavish kindness, and second for the child, who will see Dad and Mom’s great happiness in God’s justice and will desire to know Him too.

    Point two- Saturday’s “spiritual concept” is ‘God is love.’ You say that “one of God’s chief attributes is love.” It may be best to speak of God’s love as THE chief attribute of God. Indeed, as John (1Jn. 4:8) says, “God IS love.” The discussion which would follow from considering the implications of God’s nature AS LOVE, would be of incalculable worth, both for the parent and the child.

    Point three- A man once said, “To preach (I think substituting “teach” in this instance would be reasonable) and not to catechise is to build without foundation” (Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity, p.5; “catechise” is spelled here according to Watson’s usage). Far from wanting to disparage your efforts to bring more structure to the education of your children, I am caused to wonder if the use of a basic and already extant catechism would be more profitable. For my children, my wife and myself, our time memorizing and talking about the catechism, has become something we all look forward to daily.

    In sum, I commend you for the seriousness with which you regard your role as a father and husband. The points of consideration offered in this response, I hope will not be received as criticism in a negative sense. Rather, I hope they will be as profitable to you as your article has been to me. Thank you.

  • http://www.mattmcmains.blogspot.com Matthew McMains

    Hey dog,

    This is pretty good, but how bout developing a study on, i dunno, human sinfullness, election, the atonement, grace, perseverance…I’ll try to think of a good acronym and get back to ya.

    Seriously, this is cool. Did you really come up with this, or did Johnny write a book about it..? I’m having my doubts!

    Seriously this time…If i had kids i would implement this. Probably will someday so don’t erase your blog. Now that I know you’re doing this I’m gonna ask your kids about that days discussion when I see them, so we’ll see if you persevere!

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