When we think about our families, we usually think about those with whom we have a blood connection. Blood is the bond that ties. But this past Sunday we taught how Jesus changed everything by being the new bond that binds us all together as brothers and sisters in the family of God. And with a new, broader, more diverse family, we have new blessings as well as new challenges. But the challenges are no different that those we face with our immediate family. Now our crazy family just got a lot bigger!
The upcoming holiday season, along with the crazy circumstances of this whole year, might have you feeling the weight and strain of family issues more acutely. It can be uncomfortable and stressful, and it can stir up things within yourself that don’t feel great either. This is normal, and it’s okay.
Q&A: GOD AS FATHER?
What does it mean for God to be our Father? Clearly this is an analogy, and analogies work by comparing something that is hard to grasp with something that is very familiar to us and that we can easily understand. God does this by comparing the relationship he seeks with us to the relationship of a father to his own son or daughter.
LEAVE A MARK ON YOUR FAMILY
We all know we should show love to our family, but do you ever consider the lasting impact you are making on your family. In this message, Pastor Amy looks at the impact Timothy’s mother and grandmother had on his life and the importance of our own family legacy.
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MESSAGE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- Our experience with our own family impacts how we view the family of God, and specifically our relationship to God the Father. Where do you see your experience with family impacting your relationship with others in the church or with God?
- Have you ever felt incredible love from somebody within the church? How did it make you feel towards that person and towards God?
- What one extra connection will you make this week with somebody from your family to spread Christmas cheer?
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