Aside from walking up to a pregnant women and telling her how big her baby must be… teaching on marriage and parenting can be one of the most dangerous mine fields. It is so touchy because none of us carry the title Master of The Universe when it comes to marriage and parenting. To even further complicate things, it is one of the most personal topics that we could possibly discuss.
At Crossings Community we are entering the mine field this week. We are not a church that fills our calendar with sermon series after sermon series on marriage, parenting, and family. We believe that every passage of scripture has the power to transform every single area of our lives. However, there are some wonderful passages of scripture which speak directly to the home. For the next three Sundays we will be looking at those great passages.
As I have been planning, praying, and studying for these coming weeks, I have been asking God that we might OWN the health of our homes. The interesting thing about owning is that one must embrace the good with the bad. The truth is that all of our homes have both good and bad – victories and struggles. In order to see real transformation happen we need to own the areas of weakness and struggle. This is not easy.
I realize that you may be reading this and be hundreds or thousands of miles away from Crossings Community Church. On the other hand, some of you are greatly valued worshippers with us each week. Regardless, we all have a lot of room for growth in our marriages and parenting. The truth is that most people I talk to really do desire growth in those areas.
Too often we leap forward to the newest book or fix but have not done the hard work of owning our short falls. We cannot pass up the hard work of repentance. Repentance gives us the power, grace, and freedom to change.
Wherever you are, you are welcome to join us on this journey either in person or over the internet. But we all need to start in the same place. We need to do the hard work of repentance.
Before we can take ownership we need to take inventory. Take some time, possibly with a journal and pen in hand, and identify the areas in your marriage and parenting where you have missed the mark. Then spend a few moments in prayer and confession.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
(1 John 1:5-10 ESV)
Join us, whether near or far, as we own the health of our homes over the next three weeks. What if you welcomed the immeasurable and transformative grace and mercy of God into your home?