Sunday Morning 1/19/2014

Posted by Sherry

I WILL LEAD MY FAMILY TO BE HEALTHY CHURCH MEMBERS
Matthew 7:3-5
CBC 1/19/2014 SM
INTRO: PLAY VIDEO “I AM A CHURCH MEMBER”
  • We need to explore a “PATTERN” that everyone encounters @ church:
    • get excited about church
    • get more involved
    • discover imperfections of the church
    • get discouraged about the church
    • leave the church
  • It happens to everyone who goes to church seriously
    • things make us angry
    • we experience frustration
    • that leads to discouragement
  • What we need to realize
    • no church is perfect
    • no pastor is perfect
    • no staff member is perfect
    • no church member is perfect
  • The plan & purpose of coming to church is...
    • to find JOY in serving the Lord through the church (members)
    • NOT CONSUMERISM...
      • here to see what I/you can get out of the church
      • here to serve and care for others
      • perspective: GIVING not RECEIVING
      • the ones that disappoint us should be @ the TOP OF OUR PRAYER LIST
  • We are to strive to be perfect like Christ, knowing we won’t make it till He changes us
    • adventure is to see how close we can come to that standard
    • Christ died for people that rebelled against Him
    • we should be able to love the seemingly unlovable church member
      • despite their imperfections
      • look at “log” in my eye before I look at the “speck” in their eye
TEXT: 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
CHURCH AND FAMILY
  • Families & Church go together like peanut butter & jelly
    • Eph. 5:22-26  
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
  • Paul connects this to the church 
    • Eph 5: 32-33 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
  • Paul continues in next chapter
    • Eph 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 promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”[a] 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
  • We are instructed to sacrifice & love our families unconditionally
    • likewise the same applies to our relationships at church
    • family members not perfect
    • neither are church members or church leadership
    • find ways to love and serve BOTH!
  • Family is important to church...
    • attend as a family (pack a pew can be exhilarating)
    • pray together in pew or in altar
    • love & serve church together as a family
PRAYING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY FOR THE CHURCH
  • Ways to pray for our church
    • for spiritual protection
    • for protection from moral failures
    • for the preaching of the Word
    • for their families
    • for encouragement 
    • for physical strength
    • for courage
    • for discernment
    • for wisdom in their leadership
  • the beginning of “loving the church” is praying for the church
WORSHIPPING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY
  • God created us to be “relational” creatures
    • numerous activities that are just more enjoyable when there is more than me
      • ever went bowling alone?
      • played checkers?
      • how about you are the only fan in the stands at a football game?
      • imagine being the only person watching a Branson show?
      • what if I’m the only one that shows up at church? (AKWARD!!) 
  • When a church member has a family member that’s not not a Christian or doesn’t go to worship service.
    • Paul address issue of divorce in an “unequal” relationship (1 saved & 1 not)
      • 1 Cor 7:10-13 Paul instructs believing spouse not to leave
      • why? believing spouse is testimony to unbelieving spouse
      • 1 Cor 7:14  14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
      • It can be lonely to “worship alone”...remember you’re on a mission field
      • you don’t have to travel thousands of miles...minister to your family
      • how the believer loves the family impacts their witness
      • how the believer loves their church affects the unbelieving spouse
      • (ILL: Robert & Nancy Smith)
FALLING DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
  • Christ is the Groom
    • the church is the Bride
    • our commitment is to love the Bride w/ all we have
  • Unconditional love is not always easy
    • loving w/ little or no love back...
    • loving amidst disagreements...
    • loving when my preference is not met...
  • Jesus demonstrates unconditional love to us
    • loves us with little or no love back...
    • loves us when we disagree with His leading & calling...
    • loves us when His preferences are not met...
THE FIFTH PLEDGE
  • A commitment to unite your family in love for your church.
    • I am a church member. I will lead my family to be good members of this church as well. We will pray together for our church. We will worship together in our church. We will serve together in our church. And we will ask Christ to help us fall deeper in love with this church because He gave His life for her.
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