Summary: As Christians, we are adopted into God’s family, God becomes our Heavenly Father, and we are brothers and sisters. We are better together.
BETTER TOGETHER: MY FAMILY’S JOURNEY WITH GOD (20 YEARS AND COUNTING)
INTRO: Happy Father’s Day! SKIT GUYS FATHER’S DAY VIDEO
OPENING TEXT: “God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.” (Eph. 1:5, NLT).
THE BIG IDEA: As Christians, we are adopted into God’s family, God becomes our Heavenly Father, and we are brothers and sisters. We are better together!
I. ADOPTED INTO GOD’S FAMILY:
“So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family -- calling him "Father, dear Father.” (Romans 8:15 (quickview) , NLT).
• What an awesome privilege, to be adopted into God’s family!
#1 Family Value: Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 (quickview) , NKJV).
II. MY FAMILY’S JOURNEY WITH GOD:
Today I want to share with you my family’s journey with God!
1. Bible College: Shortly after becoming a Christian, I went to BC to attend CFNI.
2. Desire: I wanted to get married, but came from a dysfunctional family (divorced parents).
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.” (Pr. 18:22).
• Most important decision you will ever make (after Jesus) is who to marry!
3. Ministry: I got involved as a youth pastor, where I met Liza. Ministry together, missions.
4. Friendship: We became best friends for a year before we started dating.
5. First Challenge: After we got engaged, I got laid off from the church. How was I going to support my family? The Lord provided: job as a prayer minister at KCM.
6. Vision: We wanted a godly family with Jesus at the centre of our home:
“A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” (Ps. 127:1).
7. Priorities: Praying together, family devotions, and attending church.
8. Commitment: “Until death do us part.” Divorce was not an option. Challenges came!
9. Children: We wanted to have kids. Six months after marriage, Liza got pregnant:
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.” (Psalm 127:3-5 (quickview) ).
10. Dedication: With all of our children, we dedicated them to the Lord. We prayed for them, taught God’s Word to them, and took them to church regularly.