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Church Family Matters (7 of 7)
Series: Family-Raising the Future
I Timothy 3:15, 5:1-8
Introduction: I have some good news and some bad news today. Which do you want first?
Did you hear about the guy who was called into his doctor's office? The doctor sat him and down and said, "I have some good news and bad news. Which do you want first?" "Give me the good news first." "Ok," the doctor said, "Your tests are back and you have three days to live." "That's the good news?" the guy exclaimed. "For heaven's sake, what's the bad news?" "My receptionist has been trying to get hold of you for two days!"
Are you ready for a really bad joke? Here's the bad news. A guy falls out of an airplane at a thousand feet in the air. The good news is he had a parachute on. The bad news is the parachute didn't open. The good news is there was a huge haystack on the ground right where he was heading. The bad news is there was a pitchfork lying in the middle of the haystack, tines up. The good news is--he missed the haystack.
Today we close our annual Season of the Family. We have explored a lot of different Bible teachings on family matters. Behind many of those passages rests another idea. Family matters don't end at our front door. They extend all the way to the church door.
Since our good news/bad news vote was too close to call, I will have to decide. Let's start with the good news: the church is like a family.
The Church is Family--That's Good News! That's the theme of our text. Did you catch the wording of 1 Timothy 3:15? "I am writing ... so that you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth." That word "household" is the term for family. It is the same word used twice a couple paragraphs earlier. Note 1 Timothy 3:4-5, "[An overseer] must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with pro ...
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