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Be Mindful! (3 of 7)
Series: The Church's Stance While Awaiting Christ's Return
1 Thess. 5:14-15; Rom. 12:17-19
INTRO: When God created man the very first institution He made was the family. Nothing man has ever come up with has improved on this design and nothing new in the future will ever be an improve¬ment on the family unit. Because nothing can be better than the family concept God used the same basic idea when creating His church - it is to be a family. Nothing can bring more pleasure or more pain than being in a family. If a family is based on God's design it is one of the most pleasurable experiences in life. Nearly everything we become in life is shaped by our family experience, and this has parallels in the church family.
Just as a natural family needs its members to be mindful of building their relationships and keeping them healthy, so too those who are members of the family of God need to be mindful of building and deve¬loping their relationships with one another.
PROP. SENT. A major responsibility of the church while it is watching for the coming of Jesus Christ is to be mindful of relationships, to seek the growth and development of one another in the family of God.
I. MINDFUL OF FAMILY DYNAMICS 1 Thess. 5:14
A. Correction 1 Thess. 5:14a
1. One of the beneficial things about being in a family is that you are challenged to live right, the real you is most transparent in your family!
a. In the best of families this process happens all the time.
b. Especially as we are growing up!
c. You can hide flaws in a public setting but they will show up in the home!
2. ''Training'' takes place in the home more than anywhere else!
3. Some people think that a loving church never experiences conflicts!
a. This is so wrong!
b. The healthiest churches are the ones where a ''real'' family atmosphere exists, where our relationships are much more than just surface!
c. Healthy churches are full of conflicts; they are healthy b ...
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