FAMILY MATTERS: LIVING IN THE REAL WHILE STRIVING FOR GOD’S IDEAL
God _______________________________ for our families.
From Ephesians 5/6
Three key ideals from Ephesians 5 and 6 here:
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What it would look like if your family was deeply marked by these three ideals?
*Jesus pointed people __________________________________________.
*Jesus refused to ____________________________________________.
Question we must answer:
Will we strive for God’s ideal in our family even though our reality doesn’t measure up?
*Some material taken from Andy Stanley’s “Future Family” series.
This Week’s Family Challenge
Families: Set aside an hour this week as a family (or an individual) to consider your reality. Those with young children may need to simplify the questions a bit.
Individuals: You may need to consider these questions with regard to your family of origin, or perhaps within your closest friendships/relationships right now.
What things are good about our family? How are you living out God’s ideals as a family? Make a list of AS MANY AS YOU CAN! THINK OF!
What would you say are your best 3 qualities? Why?
Talk about the 3 ideals taken from Ephesians 5 and 6. First ask: How well do you feel your family demonstrates each of these qualities? Then ask: Would it look in your family if each one of them things were more evident :
There are always ways we can grow to become more of what God intended for us, whether as individuals or as a family. What are 3 most important things you would change about your family if you could? In other words, what 3 areas would you like see improve?
Is there one of these areas that you could agree to work on as a family this week? What steps could you take?
Pray for God’s help to grow in this area, and to become a better family in the weeks ahead during our FAMILY MATTERS series.