Tag: Family Matters

Family Matters //
Part Six

“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:20-21 // 

This week family pastors Weston and Shanna Nichols continued our series, Family Matters. Throughout the summer we have been studying the book of Ephesians and learning more about how God has called us to live as a part of His family. When we become a part of the family of God, the way we live changes. This week, Weston and Shannan led us through Ephesians 5, and talked about how we are called to live in relation to one another.

Whether in marriage, friendship, with our parents or in the workplace, our relationships look different when we are in relationship with Jesus.

BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT…

Throughout our morning we focused on being submitted to one another out of reverence for Christ, but we can’t do that without first, being filled with the Holy Spirit. We are filled when we set aside time everyday to meet with Jesus. As we invest into time with Jesus, we learn more about what it looks like to live in sync with His Spirit. Out of that place flows three things –

  1. Encouragement // Ephesians 5:19 tells us to address one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. When we are filled with the Spirit of God, His words will naturally flow out of us.
  2. Worship and Thanksgiving // Out of the overflow of the Holy Spirit, we can’t help but express our gratitude through worship and praise.
  3. Submission to one another // Submitting is not mutually exclusive, it is just another byproduct of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It comes out of reverence and desire to be more like Jesus, not performance or demand.

THE PURPOSE OF OUR LIVES IS THE PLEASURE AND GLORY OF GOD.

The purpose of our relationships is not our happiness. Colossians 1:16 says, “all things have been created through Him and for Him.” The purpose of our life is not self-gratification, it is to glorify God. When we understand this truth, we have a foundation to build our relationships off of.

WHEN WE SUBMIT, WE LIFT OTHERS UP.

The term submission can sometimes be confusing, and many times, people think of it as synonymous with suppression. However, submitting to one another means coming under and championing one another. Embracing an attitude of humility, and lifting one another up not only changes us, but also the world around us.

JESUS IS THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF SUBMISSION.

When we choose to submit, we look more like Jesus, and ultimately glorify God. Jesus chose to submit to the will of the Father to the point of death, and in that decision humanity was changed forever. Submission is a game changer. God’s design is mutual submission, but even if you are the only one relating with an attitude of submission, it is the nature of Jesus and will bring the transforming power of the Holy Spirit into your relationships.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Spend Time with Jesus: Throughout our morning, we talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit continually. To do that, we need to spend intentional time with Jesus every morning. If this is new for you, start by setting aside 30-minutes in the morning, and spend 10 minutes in Word, worship and prayer.
  • Understanding the Holy Spirit: If you are looking to greater understand the role of the Holy Spirit, check out this four-part series from lead pastor Carl Gulley.
  • Marriage Conference: Marriage was jus one of the relationships we talked about this week. To learn more about the heart of God for marriage, we encourage you to mark your calendars and save the date for our very first marriage conference December 6th – 7th. More details will be available later this fall.

 

Family Matters //
Part Five

“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true..” Ephesians 5:8-9

This week Chase Moore led us through part five of our series, Family Matters, with a message on living a life of purity. As a part of God’s family, we are called to walk in purity and holiness. God gives us boundaries, not to confine us, but to bring us into total freedom and intimacy with Him.

WHERE IMPURITY EXISTS, INTIMACY CANNOT.

God calls us to walk in purity because He longs for us to have deeper intimacy with Him. Whether in our relationship with God or other people, we cannot draw closer to one another when impurity is present.

IF WE’RE FOCUSED ON THE DON’TS, WE MISS OUT ON FREEDOM.

When we talk about walking in purity, it’s easy to just think of a list of boundaries or rules. When we do that, we’re missing the heart of God. God isn’t trying to keep us in a box, He’s trying to liberate and draw us closer to Himself. There is life and freedom to run within the boundaries that God has set. But when we become hyper-focused on the limits, we miss out on that freedom.

LET GOD DEFINE WHAT IS GOOD.

The fall of humanity stemmed from humans trying to define what was good. Genesis 3:6 says, “the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes…” What looked good ended up being the thing that brought pain, brokenness and sin into the world. God’s perspective is so much greater than ours, and we need Him to define what is right, pure and good. His heart is to see us thrive, and we can trust that what He says is good.

PURITY IS NOT PASSIVE

In Ephesians 5, Paul admonishes us to, walk as children of light.” Meaning, we are called to continually move forward and take ground. As humans we are easily influenced by the things around us. This doesn’t mean we should avoid the areas of impurity, we are called to bring light into those places, but we also need to be  on the offense. We are a part of God’s family, and our purity matters.

HOW DO WE ACTIVELY PURSUE PURITY?

  1. Confession // James 5:16 says to confess ours sins so we may be healed. It’s painful and hard to bring things into the light, but when we do shame and sin no longer have a hold on us. In our confession, we find freedom.
  2. Community // We need the people of God to speak truth when our perspective is clouded. It’s in community that we find understanding, forgiveness and accountability to help us stay free.
  3. Challenge // We need challenge just as much as we need acceptance. In community, we hold one another accountable and challenge one another to walk in the light.

It’s not just about what it took to get free. We need confession, community and challenge to stay free.

OUR CALL TO PURITY IS NOT A CALL TO LIMITATION, IT’S A CALL TO INTIMACY AND FREEDOM.

Ultimately, we are God’s beloved children, and He desires for us to be free. God doesn’t demand our perfection. When we allow ourselves to believe that we need to get it together before coming to God, we miss out on grace. God just wants us and our pure-hearted pursuit of Him.