The Family Circus Week 1
Pastor Kris Freeman
Sunday. June 3, 2018
Scripture: Matthew 5:6 and Psalm 63:1 (NLT)
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. (Matt. 5:6 NLT)
The King James Version of the English Bible says hunger and thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS.
What is it that your family is hungry for?
Think of this for a minute…
- If you have babies, they are hungry for EVERYTHING but can only have CERTAIN THINGS
- If you have small children, they are PICKY for what they learn to love
- If you have teenagers, God bless you. Let’s pray and work on a grocery budget (and don’t act like you’re not feeding four of their friends regularly too!)
- If you are an adult, you settle into a mature TASTE for what you like and a RESPONSIBLE taste for what you need.
Sometimes though, I just get hungry for more. (Popcorn!)
In your home, what does your family truly hunger for?
What does not work in a family, or in a church:
- Legalistic Christianity
- Lukewarm Christianity
What does work:
- We are not just a CHRISTIAN family, but be a CHRIST-CENTERED home
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1 NLT)
Help your family hunger for God see him as LOVING, approachable and INVOLVED.
Create an environment where questioning God and seeking him is not only recommended, but invited. Help your children see the DEPTHS of how delicious the Word of God is! Do you remember helping them try a food for the first time?
I hated steak! I got sick the first time I ever ate it. It was a disaster. But I parents taught me how to eat it, chew it and even savor it. And now as an adult, I want STEAK!!!! I love it!
You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. (Hebrews 5:12 NLT)
Three ways to create a hunger for God in your crazy, family circus of a world.
- Involve God in your daily CONVERSATIONS
Apply this – every day, ask a question to your kids that brings God or the Bible into the equation. Nature. Reason. Science. Will. Understanding. Tragedy. Happiness. Thankfulness.
Start a THANKFULNESS CHART (see example with Pastor Kris on the stage) – every day, every member of your family has to write something on the chart/board. No exceptions!
- Make attending church together a NON-NEGOTIABLE
Don’t just send. Lead.
Don’t just attend. Serve.
Don’t just take. Give.
Don’t just complain and bicker. Love.
Don’t just search. Stay.
- Show how seeking and serving God is FUN
Inside the worship guide, there is a family activity sheet. During the summer, post this in your home and see how many of these activities you can accomplish. Make being together fun.
But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NLT)