The Family Series | Week 6 | The Family and Our Mission

Posted on May 17 at 11:04am

May 17, 2015 | Sermon Notes

If your family disappeared from your neighborhood, would anybody notice or would it make a difference in their lives?

Genesis 12:1-9

1. Listen to God intently in order to move intentionally (Genesis 12:1).

The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. – Oswald Chambers

2. Abandon what is comfortable and familiar for faith in what you cannot see (Genesis 12:1).

Without Christ, not one step. With Him, anywhere. – David Livingstone

3. Aim for eternal impact (2-3).

4. Respond with immediate and complete obedience (Genesis 12:4-5).

Hebrews 11:8-10

5. Encounter God regularly in order to stay on course (Genesis 12:6-9).

The Family Series | Week 5 | The Family and Our Church

Posted on May 10 at 09:27am

May 10, 2015 | Sermon Notes

A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

The status of the partnership between church and families

a. The parents feel ill-equipped spiritually.

b. The parents misunderstand their role and the church’s role.

c. The church’s focus should be on equipping parents, investing in students and children, and modeling the culture of grace.

Ephesians 5:18-21

The church models grace for the family.

1. By the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

2. For the purpose of building up one another (Ephesians 5:19-20).

3. In the practice of submission (Ephesians 5:21).

The Family Series | Week 4 | The Family and our Purpose, Part II

Posted on May 03 at 08:06am

May 3, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Somehow faith ends up feeling like a compartment we step into for a moment rather than a conversation that’s woven into the fabric of life. That’s the difference between a God who is at the center of the family and one who is put up on the shelf and only taken out for special occasions.” – Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

1. The plan is to transfer God’s story from our hearts to our homes and then throughout the culture.

A. The Scriptures contain God’s story: the character of God, what He’s done, and what He desires to do through His people in the world.
B. The Story of God must be alive and changing us if it is to be transferred in our homes.

“The role of the parent is to connect to the heart of his or her child in such a way he or she prepares that child to more easily connect to the heart of God.” – Connecting Church and Home

If you were giving your child a spiritual-heart transplant, what kind of heart spiritually would they be receiving?

2. The process calls for persistent training in God’s story.

A. We establish a pattern where God is at the center of everyday life in our homes.
B. The difference between teaching about something and training is transformation.

Religious disciplines can be transferred academically or by memory and without a heart connection to the child they will have little impact on the finished spiritual product. – Connecting Church and Home

C. The training process.

1) Reading the Scriptures.

2) Conversations around the Scriptures.

– Meal Time – Formal Discussion, Teacher, Establish Values.

– Drive Time – Informal Dialogue, Friend, Interpret Life.

– Bed Time – Intimate Conversation, Counselor, Build Intimacy.

– Morning Time – Encouraging Words, Coach, Instill Purpose.

 via Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

Every moment is a teachable moment.

3) Interactions with the Scriptures.

Every situation you face is a chance for you to model out the living of the Word of God.

3. The product is a generation that knows how to train and transfer the story.

4. Next steps

Start somewhere. Take a step forward.

The Family Series | Week 3 | The Family and our Purpose

Posted on Apr 26 at 09:02am

April 26, 2015 | Sermon Notes

What happens in your house is more important than what happens in church. – Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof

Definition of Disciple: follower, learner, reproducer.

The Struggle to make disciples at home: Why do we struggle?

1. Regrets | I’ve failed in the past.
2. Distracted | Other things seem to crowd out God
3. Inconsistent | I stop and start and then I quit.
4. Excuses | That is what the church and ministers are for.

“One of the primary roles that God gave to Christian parents is to create adults who reflect His heart. A family is, without a doubt, the most effective and efficient vehicle to produce the kind of people who can move confidently into the adult world and have a redemptive impact on their culture – that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.” – Tim Kimmel

The reason many of this generation are walking away from Christ is they’re having a hard to reconciling what is preached at church and what is lived in the home.

God’s story must be rooted in our hearts

1. What is God’s story?

The character of God, what He’s done, and what He desires to do through His people in the world.

2. God has not abounded his story | Exodus 34:6
3. We are the keepers of God’s story | Deuteronomy 4:9
4. How do we keep our souls?

Confession, Connection, Community

Next Steps

1. Have one conversation this week about the story of God through you to the generation behind you.
2. Next week, we will talk about how you transfer this story from your lives  into your homes

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

The Family Series | Week 1 | The Family and Culture

Posted on Apr 12 at 10:45am

April 12, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Snapshots of our culture

Same Sex Marriage 

  1. 27% – Americans who thought same-sex marriage should be legal in 1996.
  2. 55% – Americans who think it should be legal in 2014. (CNN)
  3. 35 States and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first in 2004.
  4. Nearly 8 in 10 (78%) of adults between 18-29 support same-sex marriage. (Gallup)
  5. About 43% of white evangelical millennials support same-sex marriage, according to a 2014 Public Religion Research Institute poll.
  6. “Evangelicals step back from gay marriage fight,” (CNN)


  1. According to Nielsen, the average teenager now sends 3,339 texts per month. (Mashable)
  2. University of New Hampshire study since 2000 found that 42 percent of online users ages 10 to 17 had seen pornography, and that 66 percent of those had seen it unwittingly, often as display ads on file-sharing sites. (New York Times)
  3. Some researchers have stated that the average age of exposure to pornography is down to eight. (Focus on the Family)
  4. “There are two kinds of Christians in America — those who watch porn and those who lie about it. A new study by the Barna Group shows that 64 percent of Christian men and 15 percent of Christian women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month, compared to 65 percent of men and 30 percent of women who identified as non-Christian and said they watched porn at the same rate. (Meredith Somers)
  5. “When meeting with a married couple, I no longer ask if it has played a role in the husband and wife’s life. Instead, I ask what role it has played in their lives. Even a man or woman who isn’t tempted by porn has seen it and has been impacted by it.” (Dr. Juli Slattery)

Generational Slide from Christ

More than two-thirds (70%) of churchgoing young adults (18-30) drop out of church between the ages of 18-22. – Essential Church

What’s at stake?

Our families’ spiritual survival and our gospel witness to the culture around us and generations behind us.

What do we do?

Renew grace in our hearts, exercise it in our homes, and see it engage the culture.

Walk in love – position of receiving and giving the grace of Jesus | Ephesians 5:1-2
Walk in light – practice of carrying out God’s design in a dark culture | Ephesians 5:3-14
Walk in alertness – perspective of recognizing the times and how God has designed the family | Ephesians 5:15-17
Walk in abandonment – provision of the Spirit to help families thrive in day-to-day life of the family | Ephesians 5:18-21