We need to “listen” carefully to the conversations of an incredible family

Sunday Morning Worship
February 12, 2012
Series: “The Incredible Family”
Today: “Conversations of an Incredible Family”

Scripture:  Ephesians 4:29-32 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Intro:  We need to “listen” carefully to the      conversations         of an incredible family.

A.  Incredible families understand how important ___words___ are between family members.

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

B.  To become an incredible family we must be very         intentional         in the conversations that are allowed and not allowed in our homes.

I.    INCREDIBLE FAMILIES BAN ___UNWHOLESOME___ CONVERSATIONS.

A.  Vs. 30 – Unwholesome talk “grieves the Holy Spirit of God…”

B.  Incredible families call upon an      almighty God        to help them with unwholesome conversations.

II.   INCREDIBLE FAMILIES INTENTIONALLY HAVE ___ENCOURAGING___ CONVERSATIONS.

A.  Look at Paul’s words: vs. 29b – “but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

B.  Each family member has different       needs         to address in conversations. 

1.   Men – need conversations that raise       respect        levels toward them.

2.   Women – need conversations that express      love      and        security         for them.

3.   Kids – need conversations that grow their     self-esteem      .

Conclusion:  What      track record        are you creating in this area of conversations in your family?

* Incredible families keep striving to have a track record that will be       remembered        by all family members.

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