The Big Idea
Families are blessings from God. But that doesn’t mean they’re not messy. Relationships between spouses, parents and children, and siblings are all complicated by differences in beliefs, personalities, and understandings about how family members should interact. And, in the broader sense of “family”, we don’t always treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
This series will help us understand God’s expectations for our roles in a family as explained throughout the Bible. In each part of the series, we’ll learn how to apply over-arching Biblical principles of family values to ensure that we follow our family roles and see our families as blessings. Most importantly, we’ll receive assurance of God’s forgiveness when we don’t do this perfectly. Families aren’t perfect, but they do matter.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house-hold, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Overview of the Series
September 9: Prioritize: God First
School has started. So have fall sports, after-school activities, the fall yard work, a new workout routine, and a big project at work. Amidst all the “stuff” we have to do in our busy lives, it would be easy to prioritize children, work, and money over what’s really important: our relationships with our heavenly Father. No matter how busy we get, we must continually strive to build the relationship with the One who made us and blessed us with all the “stuff” that gets in the way of our relationship with Him.
Scriptures: Hebrews 3:1-6; 1 Peter 2:4-10
Sermon Text: Joshua 24:15
September 16: Husbands, Love Your Wives
Being the man of the house is a huge responsibility. Men today feel the stress of supporting and caring for their families. Yet, God’s Word tells us that the most important responsibilities of a husband are to love his wife and guide his household to serve God. A God-fearing husband is the biggest blessing a family can have, so we’ll dig into what God says is the role of the husband in a family.
Scriptures: Ruth 2; 1 Samuel 1; Hosea 1:2; 3:1
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 3:7
September 23: Wives, Submit to Your Husbands
The duties of a wife have changed drastically since Jesus’ time on Earth. Yet, the Bible hasn’t changed. So what does that mean for the modern woman? It doesn’t mean she’s inferior or less important than her husband. Rather, she holds a sacred role in supporting and guiding her family, just as the Church is charged to lead people to Christ.
Scriptures: selection from Esther; 1 Samuel 25
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 3:1-6
September 30: Parents, Don’t Obey Your Children
Most parents will tell you that their children are their entire worlds. However, there is danger in this. A family that is focused on its children, rather than God, is going to experience struggles in relationships, finances, discipline, and more. The best thing that a parent can do for a child is to teach him up in the way of the LORD, even if that means saying no.
Scriptures: Proverbs 22:6; 1 Samuel 1; Ephesians 6:1-4
Sermon Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
October 7: Singles
Some of the most famous heroes of the Bible were single. John the Baptist, Paul, and Martha were all unmarried, and God used them for great things. Churches tend to emphasize married couples and children, but singles play a vital role in their extended families and their church families.
Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
October 14: Nontraditional Families – Or Are They?
There are dozens of different configurations outside of the “traditional” family structure of mom, dad, and children. But this is nothing new. The Bible is full of people who are a part of nontraditional families, from Moses to Jacob to Jesus. With nontraditional fami-lies can come pain and feelings of rejection. Although you may have been rejected, re-member this: you were intentionally accepted by your new family. And you were always adopted and accepted by God.
Scriptures: Exodus 2:1-10; John 4:1-26
Sermon Text: Genesis 3:23-26
October 21: Children, Love One Another
It is heartwarming to see siblings hug each other, hold hands, and interact in friendly ways. Unfortunately, this is not the status quo in many families. Sibling rivalry results in wrestling matches, hurtful words, and damaged relationships. Forgiveness doesn’t al-ways come as easy as an apology, especially for adult siblings. But God calls us to for-give others as He forgives us, and this includes our siblings.
Scriptures: Genesis 27&28 (selections TDB), other verses TBD
Sermon Text: Genesis 25:19-34