September 22, 2017
The Family of God
Relentless attacks waged on marriages and families are perhaps the most difficult thing I am faced with in ministry. The days of the dinner table chats and genuinely caring about what is going on in our families seems to be declining as we continue to work to keep up with the breakneck speed of life.
Studies continue to show that over 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, that kids feel more and more disconnected from their parents, and that depression and suicide are on the rise. It is becoming more common that parents leave the development of their child up to public school systems, churches, daycares, clubs and other institutions. The constant surge from the enemy on our families has certainly taken a toll, resulting in the deterioration of a society – and I believe it has resulted in the deterioration of the church.
The persistent erosion of our family culture has directly impacted our church families and has stunted the emotional and spiritual maturity of future generations. God painted a different picture of what he intended for our families, and it’s not an impossible task.
Some who are reading this are asking, “What is the big deal about families?” In Ephesians 2:19, we read the words, “. . . You are members of God’s family.” Jesus was placed in an earthly family when He left Heaven for earth – families must be a big deal. God says once I have begun a personal relationship with Him, I am in His family – families must be a big deal. Throughout scripture the church, our spiritual family, is called to not forsake meeting together – families must be a big deal.
As we continue our series on “A Picture of Health,” I want to look at the name The Family of God. Using Luke 2:41-52, we will examine what healthy families look like and why it is so important to God. I pray that you can join us.