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The Family Series | Week 2 | The Family Idols: What do we worship?

Posted on Apr 19 at 09:42am

April 19, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Top Ten Tell-Tale Signs You’re too Busy – Joanne Kraft

10. You’ve become a marathon runner.

9. My kids thought all meals came with a side of fries.

8. My minivan was running on fumes.

7. Something unspeakable was growing in my shower.

6. Be afraid.  Be very afraid because when Momma was stressed, Momma was not nice all the time.

5. Chopsticks on my back desk was a romantic night out for us.

4. Parent-guilt: a wallet’s worst nightmare.

3. Chaos was my closest friend.

2. Humming Jesus, Take the Wheel, on the way to Girl Scout meeting, counted as my Bible time in the morning.

1. I blinked and my daughter was 17.  Our kids grow up.

The pattern of our lives and the pull of our hearts are indicators of what we value and worship.

Ephesians 5:15-17.

Socrates: An unexamined life is not worth living.

An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure. – Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods

Harriet Tubman: “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”

Our Idols

1. The idol of busyness. | Helpful resource: “Overscheduled Kids and Busy Families” by Kevin Lehman

2. The idol of appearances.

3. The idol of the next phase.

Jesus Frees us from our idols

1. The call to discipleship is costly in family life because Jesus sets Himself up as a higher priority that family ties. | Matthew 10:34-36

2. The call to discipleship is centered on our loyalty and allegiance to Jesus above all relationships. | Matthew 10:37-39

3. Our freedom is found when we realize that our identity is not based upon the family but upon the cross of Christ.

Application: Make time to identify the idols in your home and in your life.

What happens every day in your home defines what normal becomes for your family. Parents determine what’s normal by the rhythm they establish in their homes. So – and here’s the key question – how normal is God in your home? – Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof