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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)


Read “The Doctrine of Vocation: Sacramental Blessing, Not Sacrificial Duty” and discuss this summary statement: “Your vocation is how your station in life serves as a channel of God’s blessings to the people around you.”

  • Whom does God serve through you in your family? In your church? In your community?
  • “A person’s vocation is not so much about what he or she does, but rather about what God does through that person’s station in life.” How was this principle demonstrated in the life of Abraham? See Genesis 12:2–3. How does this principle apply in your own life?
  • What is the danger of viewing your vocation as a list of things that you must do?
  • Why is it comforting to view vocation as something that God accomplishes through you?
  • Are people always aware of the “good works” that God accomplishes through them within their vocations? See Matthew 25:37–40. ...

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Download the 4-page PDF, for use in your congregation or home. This Bible study contains discussion questions plus a practical exercize for building a family schedule that reflects biblical priorities and centers around God’s blessings through the Means of Grace. The discussion section parallels three popular articles:

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