“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!” Romans 8:5 (msg)
What makes us family is harder and harder for people to understand because family is harder and harder to define in our culture. I remember when we would sit down to eat dinner together when I was a kid, it was every night. It was the norm for us to eat dinner together 7 days a week, so was the discussion and sharing about our day.
There was a time when I would talk to other kids and if they would tell me their families didn’t do that I would say to them, ‘Your Family Is Weird!’ It was assumed in my mind, this is just what families did!
Let me ask you a question, if you could define what made your family different in three ways what would they be? Mine: Communicate, Church, Independence
We talked a lot and wouldn’t hold back much. We always went to church. it was required in our home and if you expressed independence it was valued. However, not all families can be easily boiled down to three simple words. For some of you the question itself is something you avoid because you don’t have a nice image from your past.
How does a church model FAMILY when not everyone has a good/healthy picture of what that can look like?
For some people we (the church) leverage a past good image of family and use it to set up what community and the body of Christ needs to be. For some people we (the church) needs to go the added step of being an example and living as a family for the benefit of those that need it.
So Family isn’t easy and it’s getting harder, but it is crucial to community and the church. It is a fight that we are willing to fight because God over and over talks about being our father and we are his sons and daughters and we need to understand this statement without past scars.
The Action Step…
Since last year we (faithstudents) have talked about family and what makes the body of christ, FAMILY! It begs the question what is this year about? Where do we go from there…
Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.
It is back! With a bang!
Backyard BBQ with hot dogs, chips and ice cream sandwiches. Worship, One Large Group Game, Message, Photobooth fun, Small Groups and the Family of God. We want to see your students there. WNL starts at 6:30pm, but we will start the backyard bbq just after 6pm.
Dig and Release 2.0
Starting this Sunday, Sept 15th we (7th-12th graders) will be meeting during the second service message in the South Hall for Dig and Release 2.0. Donuts during the month of September.