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Summary: Your Family is worth fighting for, so find out how to fight.

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Fighting for Your Family Message # 1

OPEN: Today we are starting a Brand New

Series called “Fighting For Your Family”.

Notice I didn’t say “Fighting WITH Your Family”! You probably don’t need any help on how to do that.

JOKE: Speaking of family.....- A young boy brought home his report card heavy with poor grades. His mother asked him, "What do you have to say for yourself?" The boy replied,

- "Well, at least you know I ain't cheatin’!”

• TODAY’S MESSAGE WILL BE MORE OF

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THINGS WE

ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT OVER THE

NEXT FEW WEEKS

• TALK ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

• TALK ABOUT THINKING THE BIBLE SHOULD BE THE GUIDE

oMANY, MANY MESSED UP FAMILIES IN THE BIBLE

• SO I THOUGHT IF ANYONE WOULD HAVE THE “PERFECT FAMILY” IT WOULD BE JESUS

oIMAGINE BEING IN JESUS’ FAMILY  IMAGINE A GUY BRAGGING

ABOUT HIS BROTHER

 BUT YOUR NAME IS JAMES AND

YOU ARE THE HALF-BROTHER

OF JESUS (ELABORATE) oTAKE YOU TO A SCRIPTURE THAT

WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!

oI MEAN IF ANYONE HAD A PERFECT FAMILY, IT WOULD BE JESUS RIGHT? WRONG!

TEXT:

Mark 3: 20 Then Jesus entered a

house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he

and his disciples were not even able to eat.

21 When his family heard about this, they went

to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out

of his mind.”

• Basically Jesus’ family was saying “YOU DONE LOST YO’ MIND”

• THEN IN VERSE 31 IT SAYS

• NOW THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL “INTERVENTION” (HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED THAT SHOW?)

mother and brothers arrived. Standing

Then Jesus’

outside, they sent someone in to call him.

• JOHN 7:5 “...EVEN HIS OWN BROTHERS

DID NOT BELIEVE HIM...”

• SO EVEN JESUS DIDN’T HAVE A PERFECT FAMILY!

• AND THAT’S MY FIRST POINT TODAY....

# 1 – THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A

PERFECT FAMILY

• THAT SHOULD BE A RELIEF TO EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM

• LOOK, 3 CHAPTERS INTO THE BIBLE RECORDS THE FIRST ARGUMENT BETWEEN A HUSBAND AND A WIFE. ADAM BLAMES EVE FOR WHAT HE DID

• THEN IN CHAPTER 4 WE HAVE OUR FIRST SIBLING RIVALRY, WHICH LEADS TO CAIN KILLING ABEL

• THE BIBLE HAD SOME JACKED-UP FAMILIES AND WE HAVE SOME JACKED UP FAMILIES

• AS MUCH AS WE WANT TO BE LIKE WARD AND JUNE CLEAVER, OUR



FAMILIES ARE PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE LIKE EDITH AND ARCHER BUNKER, IF NOT THE SIMPSONS

• There is no such thing as a perfect family!

# 2 – ONLY FAMILIES THAT LIVE BY

GODLY PRINCIPLES SURVIVE AND

THRIVE

• If I were to ask you “what does it take to have a successful family?”, every attribute you could name would be an attribute from God

• For example “love”, “forgiveness”, “peace”


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