What makes a strong family today? In this sermon series, we’ll try to answer that question from God’s Word. We’ll talk about family worship, giving the family blessing, family fears and authority in the family.
The Orchard is a family, so what does it take to be Family Strong as The Orchard? Family Strong has primarily focused on the nuclear family, but today as the series concludes we will look at the staggering way that Jesus reorients what it means to be family. Family Strong is about Jesus and his gospel as we are transformed. In Mark 3:31-35, Jesus says some things about the family that would have been shocking to those listening. Jesus’ teaching about family relationships was so radical that it seemed to threaten the most important human institution. However, Jesus does not teach that human relationships have no value, only that they must be subordinated to spiritual relations. At The Orchard, we are a family but what does that mean and how can we be Family Strong?
People are naturally rebellious, and our autonomy assaults authority. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do. The question of authority is answered clearly by Jesus when he delivered his Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. The stunning thing that we find in that passage is that Jesus’ authority is about making disciples. Parental authority is part of God’s design. This sermon discusses that authority and how parents can practically live out that authority in a loving and God-centered way.
Every parent fears failure at some point. These fears often manifest during conflict, suffering, stress, or disappointment. We wonder if we are doing enough? We wonder where we went wrong. We punish ourselves thinking that our failures have caused our children’s sin? This sermon speaks on how parents can overcome their fears when it comes to parenting.