Fight for Family
March 15, 2020
REAL TALK – 5
Fighting for Family
Nehemiah 4:14 “Don’t be afraid… Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
1. Have FUN!
Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I commend the enjoyment of life,
1 Timothy 6:17 God generously gives us everything for our enjoyment.
· God wants you to ENJOY life not just ENDURE it.
Ecclesiastes 11:8a People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, no matter how long they live.
· People don’t always remember what you SAY, but they will remember how you made them FEEL.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love…
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NLT) So I recommend having fun…That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives you.
2. Commit to SERVING.
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
· Demonstrate your DEVOTION.
3. Communicate, communicate, COMMUNICATE!
Ephesians 5:18b-19 Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
Four Things Families Never Stop Talking About: (screen)
The power of TRUTH
Need for GRACE
The WHY behind the way
ROUTINES that lead to rewards
· Create tasks that lead to TALKING.
4. Connect to the CHURCH.
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Doing Church 101: (screen)
Stretch yourself in WORSHIP
CIRCLE up and share your life
Don’t RUSH out
EAT and take a NAP after service
· Practice the pattern of CHURCH participation.
5. Combine FORGIVENESS and FAITHFULNESS!
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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