Q14 - Family Discipleship Tool

Question- Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

This week’s family devotional focuses on one way that all of humanity is connected to each other!

Everyone sits in a circle. The first player says one word out loud. The next player, in clockwise order, has to quickly say a word that has some connection with the previous word. What counts a connection is down to the parliament of players to determine: if somebody doesn’t like a connection, they can challenge it, and everyone votes on whether or not to allow it. In the event of a tie, the word is allowed.
A player is eliminated, or takes a forfeit, if any of the below happen:
  1. They take more than three seconds to make a connection.
  2. They repeat a word that has already been said in this game.
  3. They are challenged and lose the vote.
Eliminated players can still make challenges and cast votes. The last player standing is the winner.
For example, one sequences of words might be:
Jumper > Athlete > Run > Marathon > Greece > Olives > Food > Pizza > Friday  

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,  so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Repeat the New City Catechism Question 14 and it’s answer
Question: Did God create us unable to keep his law?
Answer: No.  Because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

Discuss if it ever feels hard to keep God’s commandments.  Share with each other what feels difficult about this.  

Then: discuss what it would look like to practice confession and gratitude as a response.

Spend time confessing your need for grace and thanking God for what he's given you.