Monday, May 09, 2005

5 Practices of Biblical Families

Yesterday's Message entitled "Heaven & the Home" centered on Colossians 3:1-21. The audio is available now at

Here's a rough outline. . . .

I. The POWER of a Christ-Centered, Heaven-Focused Family

A. The Family is part of God’s plan to bless us.
B. The Family is part of God’s plan to change us.
C. The Family is part of God’s plan to change the world.
D. The Family is part of God’s plan to glorify Himself.

II. The PRACTICES of Christ-Centered, Heaven-Focused Family

1. Connecting (Col. 3:12-14, 18-19)
2. Modeling (Col. 3:5-10)
3. Teaching (Col. 3:16)
4. Correcting (3:20-21)
5. Abiding (Col. 3:15)

Growth Groups will be discussing and applying the message/text throughout the week, but I thought a little online discussion among the Grace Family and others might also encourage our hearts. I asked a bunch of questions in the message. Here a few of them to get a little dialogue going. . .

1. Which practice is most present in your nuclear family ? In our church family?
2. Which practice is most easy to neglect in the nuclear family? In our church family?
3. Why is abiding so necessary in the life of the nuclear family? In our church family? ( I'd love some of our older saints to share their experiences of parenting prodigals and how they've learned to trust God through the process.)
4. What impact might Biblical families at Grace have on our broader community?
5. What's the relationship between connecting and correcting?

I am eager to hear your thoughts and experiences. Let's not be merely hearers of the Word, but also doers!

1 comment:

Suzette Lyons said...

Wow! That was a great sermon Tim. Very thought provoking and convicting for me personally. I have been studying submission, and while I have been gaining head knowledge it has been slow to translate into changed behavior (I come from a very feminist, female dominated type of family). Sunday night I apologized to Wayne for not being submissive. Then when we discussed submission in our group tonight I kept thinking “Do I really want to be saying this in a group with my husband” and “ Now I am completely with out excuse.” This is where I say either “Thank you” or “Aaaah! What have you done”. Now my husband knows that I do know exactly what it means to be submissive and I am completely with out excuse.

Your sermon covered so many other topics. It was sort of like skimming a rock across a really large lake. There are some great resources for those who want to delve deeper. Ted Tripp’s book “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” is an awesome resource on Biblical and Gospel centered parenting. “The Exemplary Husband” by Stuart Scott (Associate Pastor at John MacArthur’s church) and the companion book “The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace along with the workbooks are just amazing at describing the godly husband and godly wife. And one of my favorites “Liberated Through Submission – God’s Design for Freedom in All Relationships” by P.B Wilson is wonderful on the topic of submission. For those desiring a godly marriage and family, I highly recommend all of them.