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Family Focus – Part Three – Family Life21st February 2016 | Malcolm and Sandra Sullivan
The definition of a family is “A group of people related to each other”….That sounds so simple doesn’t it! But as we all know a family can have and will have its fair share of problems. Malcolm’s message today hopefully helps to bring those problems into perspective.
He reads the famous passage in Genesis 22 regarding Abraham’s obedience to God as he prepares to sacrifice his own son!
In this modern age, many of us will struggle with this passage and would say “I could never do that!”…..But we have to remember, Abraham had absolute faith in God and he knew he had to do God’s will. We must have that faith also and be prepared to carry out His plan for us.
Part of that plan is to be good parents to our children and to guard and protect them. We have to show them how important the Bible and prayer is to the family unit. With the help of Sandra, we hear how our children can be influenced by the outside world. We have to guard the ‘front door’ of our house to help prevent ‘the wrong stuff or people’ from entering in. We must teach our children strong family values so that they can live in the real world. But they must not be clones of us as parents. With what we teach them, they must find Jesus and become their own person!
Family Focus – Part Two – Marriage14th February 2016 | David Bareham
In the second part of this mini series, David talks about ‘Marriage’ and what the Bible says about it as he reads from Ephesians 5:15.
He then quotes some figures taken from the UK 2012 Census and some of the statistics are quite surprising. Marriage is a big discussion within the church as a whole and in 2014, we saw the first same sex marriage here in the UK. The world in general can be quite prejudiced at times but David makes a point that as a church, we would welcome anybody and everybody into our congregation, regardless of colour, age, culture etc…..Because that is what Jesus did and we have to follow His example.
God’s perfect plan is for man and woman to stay together and we can read about that in Genesis 2. David gives us some of the reasons why marriages can go wrong. We are fighting a constant battle and we must be on our guard but at the same time, look within ourselves at our own inner battle.
Remember, we mustn’t let OUR agenda get in the way of God’s agenda!
As couples or husbands and wives, we have been ordained to be together. If things start to go wrong, don’t blame each other. Turn to God and seek His guidance. Allow more of Him to be in our lives and let us be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Family Focus – Part One – Singleness7th February 2016 | Tope Olukemi
Today we are starting a new mini series, which is looking at issues that affect Christian families. Tope explains that for various reasons, we have all been, or are, single. This fact makes his message relevant to all of us today.
We can sometimes feel pressured by our friends and families if we are single. Tope asks “What does the Bible say about singleness?” He reads from 1 Corinthians 1:7 where Paul is trying to enlighten the church at Corinth.
Being single can be a good thing (even if we may have other ideas!)
We have only to look at Jesus. He was single and He was perfect! Remember, He was fully human, so would have felt all the same feelings and emotions as us.
Paul says that a single person has more freedom to serve God, as they have less distractions. We are reminded that for those of us that stay single all our lives (for whatever reason) will not be single in heaven. We will be the bride of Christ and be in complete union with Him.