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A Legacy Hanging in the Balance The Perils of Passivity!
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1. Are you diligent to initiate & maintain a personal, regularly scheduled time of prayer? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
2. Are you diligent to initiate & maintain a personal, regularly scheduled time of Bible reading? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
3. In appropriate settings with family & Christian friends and/or relatives, do you take initiative to lead in prayer in response to needs that arise? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
4. In appropriate settings with family & Christian friends and/or relatives, do you take initiative to lead in reading/study of the Bible or other Christian materials? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
5. When alienated from someone are you the first to take initiative to break the silence? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
6. When someone you’re responsible for sins or disobeys are you quick to confront and take appropriate corrective action? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
7. When you see issues in your personal life that need to change (hindering spiritual growth) do you seek prayer and/or counsel from a trusted Christian source? 1. Always (2 pts. ) 2. Sometimes (1 pt. ) 3. Seldom/Never (0 pt. ) The Spiritual Passivity Test
How did you do in the Spiritual Passivity Test? 1. 0 -2 pts. 2. 3 -5 pts. 3. 6 -8 pts. 4. 9 -11 pts. 5. 12 -14 pts
The Perils of Passivity The Cast n King David – Shepherd, Psalmist, Warrior (beloved by God & all Israel) n Amnon – Oldest son of King David & Ahinoam (Heir to the Throne) n Tamar – Daughter of King David & Maachah (Amnon’s half-sister) n Absalom – 3 rd Oldest Son of David & Maachah (Tamar’s brother & Amnon’s halfbrother) n Joab – Nephew of King David - Commander of His Army (Absalom’s cousin)
The Perils of Passivity A Tale of Lost Opportunities 1. A Lost Daughter 2 Samuel 13: 21 -23 n 21 When King David heard all this he was furious. n 22 Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad’ he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar. n 23 Two years later. .
The Perils of Passivity 2. A Lost Son 2 Samuel 13: 37 -39 n 37 Absalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. But King David mourned for his son every day. n 38 After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years. n 39 And the spirit of the king longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon's death.
The Perils of Passivity 3. Loss of Reconciliation & Respect 2 Samuel 13: 23 -24, 28 n 23 Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. n 24 But the king said, "He must go to his own house; he must not see my face. " So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king. n 28 Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king's face.
The Perils of Passivity 4. A Lost Son 2 Samuel 13: 32 -33 n 32 Absalom said to Joab, . . . 'Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there!" ' Now then, I want to see the king's face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death. " n 33 So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.
The Perils of Passivity 5. A Lost Legacy 2 Samuel 15: 1 & 7 n 1 In the course of time Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. n 7 At the end of four years. . .
PARENTS ONLY QUESTION: How many days during the week do you pray with your children? 1. Never 34% 2. Once or Twice 24% 3. Three to Five Times 42%
PARENTS ONLY QUESTION: How many times during the week do you read to your children from the Bible or other Christian stories? 1. Never 2. Once or Twice 37% 3. Three to Five Times 14% 49%
PARENTS ONLY QUESTION: Which of these do you do consistently with your kids? (Choose all that apply) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Pray before meals together 24% Have spiritual talks with them 21% Encourage them to pray & read their Bibles 18% Talk to them about youth group & WB 13% Talk about the Sunday sermon & lessons 11% Do family devotions together 5%
Practicing the Presence of Jesus Deuteronomy 6: 6 -7 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
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Are you willing today to make a commitment to do whatever it takes to break free from your spiritual passivity? 1. Yes – definitely! 2. Yes – but I need God’s help! 3. No – I’m just not there yet 4. No – Passivity isn’t my problem
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