Where whole churches are working through the ‘Redemptive Family’ devotional, best outcomes are achieved by supplementing and reinforcing the daily readings with both sermons and small group study.
We anticipate 6 sermons being required: an introductory sermon at the commencement of the series, and then a sermon that wraps up the topic for each week.
Here are suggested sermon outlines for you to build on. The introductory sermon outline is vaguer than the rest, because the introductory message needs to connect your church’s present to your desired future. The most appropriate message will therefore be unique to each congregation. We nevertheless think a great place to start may be the Acts 2:42-49 passage we look at on Day 1 of the devotional booklet.
Small group studies
We suggest that these small group studies are done the week after the topic has been covered in the devotional and preached on the Sunday. This gives everyone time to reflect on the topic for themselves and it reinforces the Sunday message they have heard. Where the small group study pre-empts the devotional our experience is that fewer folk continue with the devotional material and rely solely on input from the small group time.
These PDF small group studies build on the devotional material. They follow the ‘Serendipity’ framework and will work in both new and established groups. They can be downloaded for free.
Week 1 – Being Family
Week 2 – Embracing our Place
Week 3 – Nurturing Redemptive Relationships
Week 4 – Doing Mission Together as a Family
Week 5 – Change begins with me
Redemptive Family SMS – daily text reminders
To encourage engagement with the devotional material, we have prepared a set of ‘sound-bites’ that can be texted to everyone who has opted in to receive text messages:
At the end of each week’s readings in the Redemptive Family devotional is a survey form entitled ‘Making it Real’. The purpose of these surveys is create a feedback loop between people and their leaders, paving the way for real change to happen.
Our experience since printing the booklet is that the similar format of each survey was confusing. We have revised the surveys to make the questions more contextual and less general, and the number of questions drops off towards the end to make the experience less dispiriting :).
Here are our revised surveys:
Do make a big deal out of it! Be sure to have a conspicuous dropbox in your church foyer for returning surveys, and you may want to consider incentivising returns. The more feedback you get, the clearer the way forward becomes :)