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Impress: Week Two – The Traps

Impress: Week Two – The Traps


  • Look at the overtime podcast for questions you may have to be answered (link at bottom of notes)
  • Resources –Power of Together – and Hope for the Prodigal resources
  • Why this series – so few discipled in the ways of God for the church and home overlap – the impact
  • Everyone has a home sphere Single but not alone – built off of the Spiritual community/church sphere


Key passages – children

Ephesians 6:1–5 (NIV) 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.


Deuteronomy 6:1–9 (NIV)


1st Looking way back – in the beginning – rule and reign with God and multiply

  • A mission together – with God and humans
  • An enemy is revealed – Genesis 3 – the impact of the curse

Genesis 1:26–28 (NIV) 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”


2nd Looking back – salvation and community (spiritual nation/church)

  • Gods rescue plan and now begin again to be a light –and a restored mission
  • Now we continue with an enemy
  • Remember – remember – remember – don’t forget
  • A spiritual community –the spheres

3rd Looking forward — Impress this upon them –why? –

  1. A life in the land – work to do – a relational life to lead
  2. A mission and a battle
  3. You have three enemies you are getting them ready to face

Enemy 1: Internal –Pride – forgetfulness

  • Where we were –slaves – God rescued us
  • He gave us what we have – we didn’t earn it or deserve it

Deuteronomy 6:10–12 (NIV) 10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Deuteronomy 8:10–15 (NIV)


Enemy 2: External – the culture (people groups) you are moving into

Deuteronomy 7:16 (NIV) 16 You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

Deuteronomy 7:2–4 (NIV) 2 and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.

Enemy 3: Spiritual — False Gods/idols – Demons

Deuteronomy 7:5–6 (NIV) 5 This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. 6 For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

1 Corinthians 10:20 (NIV) 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.

Ephesians 6:10–12 (NIV) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The importance of this series cannot be overstated

Important truths

  1. It starts with repentance when we discover the gap between what God has asked us to do and what we are doing –there is a mission and an enemy
  2. Gods plan is for the church and home sphere to work together to raise people of the Kingdom – a mission completed in relationship
  3. As your job is to have them ready – what does God want you to teach them about the three enemies – have you thought intentionally about it – Start individually this week – make a list
  4. Your kids will need resilience – helicopter parents


For Small Group Discussion:


Opening Question: Have you ever set a trap before? Were you successful in catching your prey?

Main Point: God spoke about the traps that we would face: distractions and ungodly beliefs (idols), our internal battles (pride), and external traps (culture).

Main Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:10-21

Head Questions

  • From this week’s message, what traps did you hear discussed? What traps do you see outlined in the scripture above?
  • What would you consider to be the biggest traps facing our next generation?

Heart Questions

  • What idols are tempting for this culture to worship? What are potential idols in your life?
  • How has pride kept you or people you know from fully following Jesus?
  • What traps in our current culture have the potential to get you off track?

Hands Questions

  • What is the difference between protecting the next generation and preparing them? Is there a reason/season for both?
  • What stories can you share with your family of what God has done for you (like the Israelites did with the generations that followed their rescue from Egypt)?

Additional Scripture: Malachi 4:6, Hebrews 12:1-3

Tips and Resources: The Revolutionary Disciple by Jim Putman


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