Family: Beyond Curb Appeal // Everyone Needs a Family
[Lead Pastor Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
1. A family is a shelter for storms.
Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. (Proverbs 14:26 NLT)
Types of storms:
- Physical storms: sickness, death, pain
- Emotional storms: mental anguish, hurt feelings
- Relational storms: being at odds with friends and family
- Financial storm: money problems, debt
Family should be a place where it's safe to go and say, “I've blown it and I need your help.”
Fathers should lead in this.
Dad's: we need to fear The Lord.
Dad's: the greatest gift you can give your family is to walk with Jesus.
2. A family is a training center for life.
We learn basic life essentials in the home and around our family.
- How to talk.
- How to walk.
- How to eat.
- How to brush our teeth.
- How to use the bathroom like a human.
Do we see our spiritual growth as “basic life essential”?
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 NLT)
In our current culture, we can all be in the same room and never look each other in the eye. We are consumed with being on our phones, iPads, video games, laptops and watching TV. Lets take a break for a few minutes and spend time with each other.
Here's what can happen in healthy families:
Real human interactions (not just Facebook “friends”) where we look each other in the eye, hug each others' neck, and listen intently to each other.
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. (Luke 2:52 NLT)
- Family values
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 NLT)
My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. (Proverbs 4:4, 5 NLT)
- Know and love God
Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next. (Isaiah 38:19 NLT)
Parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles..TELL YOUR STORY. Tell your kids your stories of life change..stories of how you won & lost..be honest and point them to Jesus.
3. A family is a launch pad for ministry.
You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest of believers in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to God’s people.. (1 Corinthians 16:15 NLT)
This family was known for helping younger folks surrender and serve Christ.
What are our families KNOWN for?
Are we (parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles) modeling a surrendered walk with Christ where we worship and SERVE The Lord in ministry?
Decide today who you will serve.
“..as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord..” Joshua 24:15