We’re working on a November series at pfm called Family.
I’ve enjoyed the challenge and opportunity of continuing on the Revised Common Lectionary while picking out certain threads.
Week 1 will be about how the writers of the New Testament give us helpful guidelines for healthy families. The Church functions like a family, with God as Father and fellow Christ-followers as brothers and sisters. What can we learn from all the family talk in the bible? What can we apply in our own family dynamic? How does this ancient message jive with the growing diversity of family types today? What does God want from husbands and wives?
Week 2 will be about legacy and the choice that each generation of family has to choose to serve the Lord. We all have a family legacy. We all leave a family legacy. What difference does this make, and how does it all get pointed in the right direction? How does this kind of thinking affect our families today?
Week 3 will be about how the family encourages one another. If God the Father calls his children to encourage one another, how might that work in our homes? What are we encouraging now? How can a family build one another up? In a culture that can be overwhelming, our homes should be the place where God’s love and encouragement should freely flow. By God’s grace, any home can function like this.
Week 4 will conclude the series with a look at how God functions like a Father and models parenthood for us in the 21st century. One particular aspect we’ll look at will be the life cycle of parenthood. We are 1) Children to our parents 2) Parents to our children 3) Parents to our parents 4) Children to our children. In other words, someone is always parenting, and someone is always being parented. God the Father is the only perfect parent. By His power, we too can be equal to the task as parents today.
I’m praying for a great month of families being strengthened. The risk with a series like this is someone saying “well, I don’t have kids…” or “I’m not married, so…”. This is so much more than just parenting/marriage classes. We will be living in the story of God’s salvation, which includes the redemption of families as the Kingdom expands in our homes. That’s church talk for “God wants to help us have healthy family relationships”, which is therapeutic talk for the gospel, which is “I’m messed up, which means I’m an imperfect spouse/parent/son/daughter, and only Jesus can heal me”.
Adios, October. Welcome, November.