Sermon Highlight, September 30, 2018

This is the last Sunday of the Family Series.   Let’s review:

Each of us are like an arrow.  Parents and children are not perfect.  Just as there are no perfect arrows.  But when they are taken care of and properly aimed they hit the target.

What is the target?   Living in this life to honor and represent our God.

  • The shaft of the arrow is our character – who are you?
  • The fletching’s keep the arrow flying straight.  They represent the relationships we are involved with.  Wrong relationships can cause us to get off target.
  • Cresting –  Who made us – Who do we belong to?  It is your identity.
  • Point –  Knowledge, is it sharp
  • Nock – gets positioned on the string before it is released.  How are parents and children positioned? Will they allow themselves to be positioned?

We cannot teach our kids what we don’t know.  They follow our lead.

There is nothing more important in life than understanding and living out:

  • I am made in the image of God
  • God made me to a have a relationship with Him
  • As my heart develops for God, I grow to become more like Him
  • I am a follower of Christ
  • I belong to a community, a larger body of believers
  • God wants to use me to represent Him as His ambassador

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are God’s ambassadors…..

Ambassador:  An official representative of a country (Heaven)

As His Ambassador’s we are speaking for Christ, directing our children toward Him.  Teaching them they also are representative of Jesus and heaven.

As heavens ambassador, it changes everything!

Our bodies are his representative, we are the temple of the living God (1 Cor. 6:19-20) every moment matters.  As the temple of the living God our homes are embassies for heaven.  A safe place for our family and others.  Zechariah 2:8  …..anyone who harms you, harms my most precious possession!   That’s how we feel about our kids and that is how God feels about us!

Every moment of life matters!  In the hidden work of your home there is significance, daily eternal value.  Everything you do is teaching your children no matter their age.  God blesses us where we are not where we wish we were.  Do not wish your child’s life away.  Enjoy the day, learn to be content in all things, with much or little (Phil. 4:11-12).

When we care for our bodies and teach that to our children we are caring for eternal souls, for our body and soul are not separate things.  1 Thess. 5:23  Now may the God of peace make you HOLY in every way, and may your WHOLE spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  WHOLE person.  He sees us as one being, not divided.  Be WHOLE, teach your children to be WHOLE.  We should be the same no matter where we are or who we are with.  We are a whole person!

God created order in our world by speaking.  Our words matter!  Prov. 18:21  Life and death are in the power of your tongue.  Speak well over your life and your family.  You are either breathing life into it or death!

Our bodies were created to worship!  John 4:23-24, as Jesus spoke to the woman at the well He said, the Father is looking for those who will worship Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH!   As each of us worship this way, we are teaching our children to worship this way also. Teach them TRUTH!  How to listen to the still small voice!

When we have a right view of God, ourselves, our children it will greatly impact how we parent.  Failures can be redeemed; fresh beginnings can start every day.  Eyes can be opened to see God anew when we allow Him to live and work in and through us!  We are His representatives to our family, church, work place, neighborhood, friends.

When Joshua brought the children of Israel into the promised land there were conflicting ideas of what they should do.  In Joshua 24:15, he made a declaration –  You chose who you will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the LORD!

May that be said in each home!

As for me and my house we will serve the LORD!

 

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