Monthly Archives: June 2015


Family Month: Focus – Part 3

Pastor Jim Mailloux

Family Month: Focus – Part 3 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Family Month: Focus – Part 3 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. How have today’s distractions made it difficult for you to focus on Christ?
  2. Read Galatians 2:20; 6:14. What does it mean to be crucified with Christ? What needs to be crucified in your life?
  3. Thomas A’ Kempis (1379-1471) in his work, Of the Imitation of Christ, said, “A pure, united, and stable spirit is not distracted even though it is engaged in many activities, because it does everything to the honor of God; and since it is at rest deep within, it does not seek itself in anything it does…He is truly wise who thinks of all the things of this life as dung, so that he may win Christ. And he is truly learned who does the will of God and abandons his own will.” Do you agree that a focus on Christ will give a “pure, united and stable spirit” and “rest deep within”? How does that happen?
  4. Read John 15:1-8; Galatians 5:19-25. How does staying connected to the vine cause you to bear much spiritual fruit?
  5. Which works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:19-21 still show up in your life? What new fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 will the Spirit give you once you crucify the flesh in that area of your life?

Family Month: Focus – Part 2

Pastor Jim Mailloux

Family Month: Focus – Part 2 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Follow-up Quesitons to Family Month: Focus – Part 2 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read Psalm 71. What verses speak the most to you today? Why? What current circumstances in your life make those verses meaningful?
  2. Review the Chart of Generational Roadblocks. Find your age bracket. Is the chart an accurate description of your focus and roadblocks? If not, what words would you use to describe them?
  3. Read the verses Pastor Jim used to describe your age bracket. Do these verses speak to your life experiences? Why or why not?
  4. How did Pastor Hayden’s Mouse Trap Maze game give us a picture of what life is like? What verses can you think of that speak to this?
  5. Read Ecclesiastes 12. How is this chapter a good summary regarding focusing on God throughout your life?

Here’s the support material for the questions:

Generational Roadblocks/Distractions
Generations Focus Roadblocks/Distractions
School Age (Ages 6-18) Learning – Forming Not learning or listening – Aimless – Building Patterns of sin
Ages 18-30 Energy – Excitement Wasting energy – Not seeing the Lord
Ages 30-45 Momentum Discouragement
Ages 45-60 Prime – Leadership Obstacles
Ages 60+ Future focused – Next generation Aging – Difficulty engaging

School Age
Psalm 71:5,14
5For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.
14But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.

Ages 18-30
Psalm 71:3-4,8,12
3Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.
8My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
12Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.

Ages 30-45
Psalm 71:15–17
15My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. 16I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. 17Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

Ages 45-60
Psalm 71:20–21
20Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. 21You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

Ages 60+
Psalm 71:9,18
9Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
18Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.


Family Month: Focus – Part 1

Pastor Jim Mailloux

Family Month: Focus – Part 1 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Follow-up Questions to Family Month: Focus – Part 1 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. The definition of “focus” is “Concentrated effort or attention on a particular thing.” What have you been focused on lately?
  2. Give an example of your failed attempt at multitasking.
  3. Do you think this generation is busier than previous generations? Are we more distracted? Do we lack focus?
  4. Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, said, “The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good…The good is always the enemy of the best.” Give an example where good became the enemy of the best.
  5. Read Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Mark 12:29-31. We are told to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The definition of those four words is as follows: heart (The control center of who I am),
    soul (Inner self, thoughts, feelings, emotions), mind (Thinking, reasoning, deciding), strength (Your being, your capability). Which form of love toward God needs improvement in your life?
  6. What encouraged you most by Betty Wellsfry’s testimony?