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Summary: There is no single prescription for a strong family. However there are elements which are common. These elements are grounded in scriptural principles which should inform how we relate to others in the family.

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Building a strong family

Eph.4:11-16

Introduction

Every person in your family matters

Illus. The Mouse Story

1. You must be a model.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you

(Philippians 4:9 NIV)

2. You must be a linguist.

22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

(1 Corinthians 9:22 NIV)

2.1. The languages of love

gifts,

quality time,

words of affirmation,

acts of service,

and physical touch

3. You must be an apologist.

Practice saying, “I apologize”.

5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee,

and mine iniquity have I not hid.

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord;

and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

(Psalms 32:5 KJV)

4. You must be a supporter.

12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported? But we have never used this right. We would rather put up with anything than be an obstacle to the Good News about Christ.

(1 Corinthians 9:12 NLTse)

5. You must be flexible.

Blessed are the flexible, they shall not be broken.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children,

so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame;

he remembereth that we are dust

(Psalms 103:13-14 KJV)

6. You must be a team player.

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm

alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

English Standard Version (ESV)

7. You must be a priest.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

(1 Peter 2:9 NIV)

8. You must think generationally

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Proverbs 13:22 KJV)


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