May 13th, Part 1 - Ideally Speaking
When the ideal is hard to attain, it's tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus' teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. In this message, we will look at why aiming for God's ideal is still worth it, even when our reality makes reaching it impossible. Ephesians 6:1-2, Colossians 3:18-21, Proverbs 3:5
May 20th, Part 2 - Power Down
Christianity has its own s-word: submit. Culture has cast this word in a negative light, but what was Jesus really saying when he tells us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ?” In this message, we will unpack one of Jesus’ most powerful relational teachings—an instruction that changes everything in family dynamics. And he gives us one question to begin asking family members today.
May 27th, Part 3 - Common Cause
When it comes to family, the only thing we all have in common is conflict. We fight about things as small as supper and as large as life direction. But all of these conflicts have a common cause. In this message, we will get right to the source of our external conflict with an internal insight. James 4:1-3
June 3rd, Part 4 - A Way, Not The Way
Jenn Martin leads a panel discussion with a group of parents at they talk about lessons learned from parenting, both good and bad.
June 10th - Part 5 - All the Fixin's
All children long for the approval of their parents—especially their fathers. And all parents long for their children’s admiration—to hear “when I grow up, I want to be just like you.” These emotionally-loaded desires are too often unmet, leaving us with hurt that can haunt us for years. In this message, we will look at some practical steps toward reconciliation that will prevent old dysfunction from invading new relationships. 2 Corinthians 5:14-18
June 17th, Part 6 - The Echo
Every family has stories—legends—that are passed from generation to generation. We've all heard tales of Grandpa's extraordinary generosity or cautionary stories of a family member's recklessness or tragedy. And those stories shape us. But what we don't often think about is that someday those stories will be about us. In this message, we will look at the the story of Joseph to illustrate the power our current actions may have for literally years to come. Actions speak louder than words. And in families, they may even echo into the next generation. Genesis 25, 27, 31, 33