Righting Your Relationships
With God - The fictional character Tarzan struggled because - after being raised by apes - he did not know what a healthy relationship with another person looked like. We talk about having a relationship with God. But what does that look like?
With Others - Once our relationship with God is settled, we can turn our attention to other people. In this message we look at the church. What do healthy relationships in the church look like? Speaker: Allen Johnson
CASE STUDY: Advanced Relationship Skills - Part 1 (Philemon 1-9a):The Apostle Paul found himself in the middle of a very sticky situation. His good's friend's slave had run away, had come to Christ, and now was being returned. Could the Gospel work in this kind of delicate situation? In this wonderful book Paul applies "advanced" relationship skills. Here are the principles considered in verses 1-9a:
1) Sympathize with the suffering.2) Everyone commits to submit.3) We are accountable in community.4) Prioritize the positive.5) Look up before you look around.6) Prepare with prayer.7) Move from general to specific.8)Move from knowledge to action.9) Move from past to future.10) Asking is better than telling11) Leverage love.
Advanced Relationship Skills - Part 2 (Philemon 9b-25):Paul continues to display God's wisdom in an explosive situation. If God can work in these relationships, He can work in yours as well. Paul applies these principles in verses 9b - 25:
12) Defer to the elderly.13) Identify your intentions.14) Tell the story.15) A little humor always helps.16) A solution requires sacrifice.17) Decisions must be made.18) Connect the dots carefully.19) Christ changes everything!20) Belonging comes from believing.21) Don't cover-up the consequences.22) Visualize victory.23) Assume the best of people.24) We are loved in community.25 It's all about grace!
With Spouse - "Marriage is very difficult" said comedian Cathy Ladman - "It's like a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzel. All sky." This sermon considers the biggest problem facing marriage, explains why the problem is a problem an offers a solution.
"A Lasting Love" - Video Testimony
With Children - This sermon is directed to children to help them to have better relationships with their parents. What does it boil down to? PRAY. OBEY. and PLAY.
"How to Be a Godly Kid - Video Testimonies
With Issues (The Three Buckets) - There is nothing that impacts our relationships more than our own convictions. What you believe about "issues" around you will determine who you associate with and who you do not. This sermon provides an illustration to help relate better to the issues in your life.
With Authority - Americans are fiercely independent! Submitting to authority is not part of our culture. But what does the Bible say about our relationships with those who are over us? Speaker: Barry Milliron
With Friends - All the studies show that we have fewer and fewer friends. Why should we make room in our lives for a few close friends?
With Enemies - We all have enemies. We have archenemies who go out of their way to hurt us, and we have people who just don't like us because of what we believe. And then there is that person who cuts you off in traffic. How are we to relate to our enemies? Of all the relationships in this series - this one gets to the heart of the Gospel. When you were an enemy of God, how did He treat you?
With Food - The CDC tell us that obesity is now the #1 health concern for Americans. Most of us struggle with our relationship with food. How are you doing in this area? What does God's Word say about food?
Resource: "A Bite-Sized Theology of Food" - Dr. John Piper