Dear Saddleback Family,
In last weekend's message, "Fighting for an Awesome Family," Pastor Rick looked at four traits to help you build an awesome family that will stand the test of time. As you go through your week, use the Message Action Plan below to help put the things you've learned into practice.
If you missed last weekend's message, click here to watch it online.
FIGHTING FOR AN AWESOME FAMILY
Awesome Relationships – Part 2
Don't be afraid... Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.
Nehemiah 4:14b (NIV)
1. Awesome Families Are Playful
- How do you need to play this week?
People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, no matter how long they live.
Ecclesiastes 11:8a (NCV)
I recommend having fun... That way [you] will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives [you].
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NLT)
2. Awesome Families Encourage Growth
- How can you encourage growth through your example or a conversation this week?
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Luke 2:52 (NIV)
- How Do Families Help Each Other Grow?
a. Through Example
"Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you."
John 13:14-15 (NLT)
b. Through Conversations
You must teach [God's commandments] to your children and talk about them when you are at home or out for a walk; at bedtime and the first thing in the morning.
Deuteronomy 6:7 (LB)
3. Awesome Families Protect Each Other
- How can you care for your family this week?
Two are better off than one ... If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it's just too bad, because there is no one to help him.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (GNT)
4. Awesome Families Serve God and Others
- How can your family serve someone this week?
Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)
Remember Stephanas and his family. They were the first to become Christians in Greece, and they are spending their lives helping and serving Christians everywhere.
1 Corinthians 16:15 (LB)
Choose today whom you will serve … as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord!
Joshua 24:15b (NLT)
- Who could you pray for as a family this week?
- Do you need to sign up for a family PEACE Plan trip?