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Integration - Faithfulness in the Home

June 14, 2015 Speaker: Mark Twombly Series: Integration

Topic: Topical Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4–6:9

Introduction

 

     Integration Series

 
          The Focus of our Mission: The Great Commandments and the Great Commission
         
          The Locus of our Mission: Home, Church, and City

 

     Integration in the Home

 
          A Picture of Faithfulness and Fruitfulness: Psalm 127-128
 
          Avoiding the Extremes of Perfectionism and Passivity

 

Personal Testimony

 

     More difficult and more fulfilling

 

     God is the designer and sustainer of the family; He gets the glory.

 

God’s Character

  

     God provides the ultimate home; He IS the ultimate home.

 

     We must come to grips with the awesome generosity of God.

 

     Even as parents, we are children in need of a perfect parent.

 

God’s Instruction

 

     The character of God leads us to the commands of God.

 

     Rhythms of reality

 

God’s Promises

 

     The training manual is not a myth!

 

     We do well to keep the picture and promises of family prosperity before us, and to pursue them faithfully.

 

Community Meditation

Know

  • Take a closer look at Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:13. Have you come to grips with the generosity of God? What impact will this have on how you relate to Him and to others in your home?
  • For believers, God has invited us to dwell with Him (John 15:5), He has promised to dwell within us (John 14:23), and He has promised to prepare a perfect home for us (John 14:2-3). How do these realities impact your present behavior in a fallen world and with broken families?
  • Read Ephesians 5:21-6:9, and reflect on God’s perfect design for human relationships. What attributes of God are reflected in this design? Do you recognize that a ‘redesign’ that is different than this is a rejection of the very character of God?

Feel

  • Read through Psalm 127-128 as well as Psalm 112. What emotions do these evoke in your heart? How can you pursue the reality of these promises?
  • Read Psalm 78:1-7. Do you see your family as a part of a larger story with eternal significance?

Live

  • Take a closer look at Deuteronomy 6:4-9. How real is your heart love for God? Do your daily conversations and rhythms reflect the character and commands of God?
  • Is your Facebook page an honest reflection of you and your family?
  • How can you show love and honor to your earthly parents?
  • What can you seek and learn from the examples of the families you know? How can your family be a gracious blessing to others?