In Phillipians 3:17-18, the Apostle Paul speaks about patterns

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.

B.   The schedules (patterns) of an incredible family are arranged around       goals       .

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.

2.   They      control       their schedules so that they enjoy the peace that comes from rest and relaxation.

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.

* Take care of the frustrations by asking one question:        How do we fix this        ?

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.

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