Sunday Morning Worship
February 19, 2012
Series: “The Incredible Family”
Today: “Schedules of the Incredible Family”
Scripture: Philippians 3:17-18 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Intro: In our scripture, the Apostle Paul speaks about patterns .
A. One definition of the word “patterns”: creating a __distinctive__ style; a combination of qualities, acts and tendencies.
I. INCREDIBLE FAMILIES SCHEDULE FOR PEACE .
A. Jesus spoke to this:
John 14:2 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
B. Incredible families schedule their family life to have this peace.
1. They prioritize their schedules around the God of peace.
II. INCREDIBLE FAMILIES SCHEDULE FOR PARTNERING .
A. In Genesis 2:18 God introduced partnering. He said it wasn’t good for man to be alone .
B. Schedule for strong partnering.
1. Schedule weekly fun time—date night.
2. Schedule problem solving meetings.
III. INCREDIBLE FAMILIES SCHEDULE FOR PARENTING .
A. Paul speaks to this:
Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise–3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
B. Schedule for parenting means:
1. Schedule time for relationships.
2. Schedule for discipline planning.
* The good news is: Your kids are predictably bad ; they repeat their behavior.
Conclusion: Let’s make a list of new patterns we are determined to be a part of our home life.