Blake Coffee and Tony Diamond taught on Sunday, May 4. The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.
Core Lesson (Tony Diamond)
The sins of the father.
What effect does a sinful father have on a child? Is the child a carbon copy of the parent? What effect does a sinful parent have or not have on a child?
Think about the model a parent provides.
The apple never falls far from the tree, right?
Models work both ways.
Sometimes, the parent’s model is a template for a child. Other times, it’s the antithesis. Other factors come into play.
Parents are models. Sometimes for replication, other times a mirror image. How does God work in both of these instances?
The ultimate responsibility.
It seems that God is less worried about the prior generation’s affect on someone than He is with the connection between a person and God directly.
Why is it that we will look to circumstances to determine who is responsible for our relationship with God (or lack thereof)? How has Christ clarified the subject of personal responsibility?
How do we reconcile responsibility for doing what God wants us to do? What does it change things if the Holy Spirit lives in each of us?
Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)
Judgment v. Consequences
The brokenness of this world has taught us that the sins of a generation can have an impact on the next generation. Consequences can feel harsh.
That we might suffer the consequences of other people’s sins does not change the fact that God created each of our souls individually for a love relationship with Him.
Want to know when you are living in a love relationship with God? “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” It’s not rocket science.
That we might enjoy the consequences of other people’s righteousness does not change the fact that God created each of our souls individually for a love relationship with Him.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” Deut. 30:19
New Life Version (NLV)
18 The Word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “What do you mean by using this saying about the land of Israel: ‘The fathers eat the sour grapes, but the children get the sour taste’? 3 As I live,” says the Lord God, “you will never use this saying in Israel again. 4 For all souls belong to Me. Both the soul of the father and the soul of the son are Mine. The soul who sins will die. 5 But if a man is right and good and does what is right and good, 6 he does not eat at the altars on the mountains or look up to the false gods of Israel. He does not sin with his neighbor’s wife or go near a woman during the time she is unclean. 7 He does not make it hard for anyone. He keeps his promise to pay back what he owes. He does not steal, but gives his bread to the hungry, and gives clothing to those who have none. 8 He does not make others pay back more than they owe him. He keeps away from sin, and is an honest judge when men argue. 9 He walks in My Laws and is careful to obey them. This man is right and good, and will live for sure,” says the Lord God.
10 “But he may have a son who acts in anger and kills another man, or does any of these other things 11 that the father never did. He eats at the altars on the mountains, and sins with his neighbor’s wife. 12 He makes it hard for the poor and those in need, and he steals. He does not keep his promise to pay back what he owes. He looks up to false gods, and does sinful acts. 13 And he makes people pay back more than they owe him. Will this man live? He will not live! He has done all these sinful acts, and for sure he will die. He will be guilty for his own death.
14 “Now this man may have a son who has seen all the sins his father has done, but does not do the same. 15 He does not eat at the altars on the mountains or look to the false gods of Israel. He does not sin with his neighbor’s wife, 16 or make it hard for anyone. He does not keep what another man has given him in trust for a promise. He does not steal, but he gives his bread to the hungry and clothing to those who have none.17 He keeps away from sin. He does not make a person pay back more than he owes him. But he walks in My Laws and obeys them. This man will not die for his father’s sin. He will live for sure. 18 As for his father, because he used his power to rob his brother, and did what was wrong among his people, he will die for his sin.