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Summary: As we conclude our series on our church covenant we need to understand what it means to actually support our church family.

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It still amazes me, almost 25% of all marriages will end in divorce. That means one out of four marriage covenants will be broken, tossed to the sidelines and forgotten. Families will be torn apart.

Interesting is the typical reasons given for ignoring the marriage covenant.

communication problems

incompatibility

changed lifestyle desires

and less common, plain infidelity.

One study said the main reason given was simply that the couple (family) simply “grew apart”.

I have a more direct answer that probably explains the deterioration of covenant relationships. The family members stopped protecting their unity as a family. They slacked off on their responsibilities to their partners. Being served became more important than serving others.

And finally, there was no one or nothing left to actually support the relationship. The foundation, the commitment, the covenant was gone, ignored.

The result: the tragedy of a broken family. It’s witness and testimony is gone.

Over the past weeks we have been talking about what it means to really be a member of the family. Though we have been speaking directly to the issue of our church family I think you can see the striking parallels to your home life.

Together we have laid out the four foundational commitments that make up our church covenant. The very reason these four statements or commitments make up our covenant agreement is that they are the foundation of every long lasting, growing, healthy relationship – especially Christ’s church, FirstFamily.

This morning as we conclude this series on our FirstFamily Covenant I want us to read it together.

I will protect the unity of my church

by acting in love,

refusing to gossip

and following Biblical Church leadership)

I will share the responsibility of my church

by praying for it’s growth,

inviting the unchurched to attend

and warmly welcoming those who do come

I will serve the ministry of my church

by discovering my gifts and talents

being equipped to serve by my pastors

and developing a servant’s heart

I will support the testimony of my church

by attending faithfully,

living a godly life

and giving regularly

Some of you may not yet have come to a place in your commitment to God’s plan for your life where you are willing to make such a covenant with His church. But this morning I want to remind you how important such a commitment is and how beneficial it is to your walk with God and your testimony about God to others.

To protect, share, serve and support…

Imagine with me if you will a man or woman who says they love their family. On top of that they say they really care, they want to see their family succeed. They talk about the wonderful blessings of having a family, but…

they seldom if ever come home

they rarely show up for meals or family times

in fact they don’t even act like their part of a family at all. They certainly don’t act married.

And what would you think of a husband or wife, father or mother who keeps all of his paycheck for himself while the family suffers from neglect. His or her hobbies, desires and interests are always first?


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