1.  The Bible relates us to sheep and Jesus as our Shepherd.
    • Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; 
  2.  The ram and ewe train the new lamb(s) to listen to the shepherds voice.
    • John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
  3. They do this by example.
    • One of the greatest benefits and blessings of family devotions is the children are able to see mom and dad listen to the Shepherd’s Words by first hand personal example.
    • Sitting around the kitchen table or in the living room reading the Word with the entire family impacts the next generation more than a Sunday school lesson or a sermon.
  4. The lambs are to be with their parents around the shepherd.
    • Nothing more sweet then the children seeing mom and dad reading and discussing the Word of God.  This is the greatest example to our next generation of walking with God.
  5. Hearing is yielding, obeying, and following.
    • John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    • If the ram and ewe do not follow the Shepherd nor will the lambs.
    • We as parents are obligated to show our children how to have fellowship with Jesus and demonstrate first hand what Biblical obedience is by our example.
    • In many cases, the pastor / youth pastor is to invest more time with the parents in teaching and training on how to hear the Shepherd’s voice
    • Churches have put much energy of time, money, and management into reaching our young people.
    • But I truly believe the church’s energy, Biblically based, should be put into drawing the families together.  Then assisting the families on how to use that time in fellowshipping around and in the Word of God.
      • This is why having family devotions is crucial.
      • This is why we are writing a new family devotional to help our families be gathered around and grounded in God’s Word.

What a joy it is to be your pastor!

Bill Schutt