14 JUNE 2020 | Traditional Services
Rev Edmund de Souza, Pastor
Scripture Passage: Genesis 2:18; Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
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Summary | Families, God’s favour, must be managed with love and genuine acceptance.
F A M I L Y makes a wonderfully apt acronym for this sermon!
1. Favour from God. Adam, alone, was blessed with a wife. Children are a blessing, an inheritance, from God. Family is God’s blessing to us. During the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker, the long-neglected divine favour of close family fellowship was re-established.
2. Accept one another – as Christ accepted you (Rom 15:7). Close proximity is a double-edged blessing and trial. Elbow to elbow, we alternate between the angelic and diabolical. Yet day by day God is working at perfecting our imperfections. Practise a positive action - share an appreciation of one another daily.
3. Manage our emotions (Col 3:13). Bear with, and forgive, as Christ has forgiven you. Private space is squeezed into cooped up intrusion. Tempers short fuse. Parents morph into monsters. Be aware of our feelings and responses, managing them towards one another and taking time out to talk.
4. Interest in others. Take an interest in our family members, "not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others" (Phil 2:3-4). Practise prayer, giving space, do little acts of kindness.
5. Love one another (Col 3:13-14). Put on love, as it enables us to practice the virtues discussed. Love is a commitment to do the right thing. Christ was self-giving, even to death on the Cross, that we may be redeemed. Walk with God as love comes from the Lord. God poured his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5). It is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). Choose to maintain your daily walk, devotional and prayer life.
6. Yes! And Amen! For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God (2 Cor 1:20). God’s grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:19), freely gives wisdom (James 1:5), promising to journey with us, come by and help us as we journey as a family.
Our families may not be perfect but they are truly a blessing and a gift from God.
(Sermon Notes by Kwun Pillai)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
To accept one another involves embracing our differences. It will help us accept one another, if we can also appreciate the good we see in each other.
1. Looking at your family members, can you identify two things that you appreciate in regard to each one of them.
Manage our emotions (Col 3:13)
2. With Covid-19 and Staying at Home, our stress levels have increased. Do you agree/disagree? Please elaborate.
3. How do you manage the additional stress you are experiencing now?
Take an interest in your family members’ well-being (Phil 2:3-4)
Scripture calls us to not just look after our own interests but also the interests of those around us, including our other family members.
4. What are some initiatives you have made in showing care for your family members? What are some ways your family members have shown care towards you?
5. What are some initiatives that you would like to take to show them you care?
Sermons In This Series:
- SACRED PARENTING | P&P Svcs | Rev David Ho | 13/14 JUN 2020
- SACRED FAMILY | Trad Svcs | Rev Edmund de Souza | 14 JUN 2020
- SACRED MARRIAGE | P&P Svcs | Rev Gladwin Lee | 20/21 JUN 2020
- SACRED HONOUR | Trad Svcs | Rev Lilian Ang | 21 JUN 2020