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Family Dynamics: The Restoration of Love (15 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Leading scientists have done research that gives some significant insight into what happens when our emotional needs are not met in our early years. When a person experiences rejection or a lack of love, the ''joy center'' of the brain is not stimulated and does not develop properly. As a result, many people fall into addictions, dysfunction, and an overall dependent personality.
The good thing is that we can be restored by stimulating the joy center; we can actually rebuild that part of our brains. So in choosing joy and receiving the fullness of God's love, we can choose to walk in freedom from all wounds of deprivation.
The restoration of love is a key principle for the Gospel message. With all the division and wounds in the family unit and the rest of the Body of Christ, it is important to experience God for the restorative, loving, compassionate God that He is - and bring this wholeness into the family dynamic.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 3:17-19
EQUIP: Restorative love goes deep!
Have your group read EPHESIANS 3:17-19 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: Family = love and a sense of belonging
Have you ever been to a great birthday party? Not one of those ''normal'' birthday things at your friend's house where you have cake and soda and play a game or two. No, we're talking about a serious birthday party, where somebody thought out and planned every single possible detail. There's a theme. There's a DJ. There's special pictures. There's special lighting - it's an amazing party. If you're going to throw the party of the century, you're going to need help. You might be able to think of a bunch of this stuff on your own, but when it comes to picking everything up and actually paying for it (gulp) - you're going to need some assistance. That's where family and frien ...
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