Creating Healthy Families
We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go.(Eph. 2:19; Acts 2:44-47; Gal. 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; Heb. 2:11)
We think like healthy family members by doing what’s best for the whole environment and submitting to one another and by not being selfish.(Eph. 5:21; Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3; Rom. 12:9-21)
We purposely grow our individual capacity to trust and be trusted in covenant relationships as we empower and confront one another to live out who we truly are.(Matt. 18:15; 1 Cor. 4:14-21; 1 Thess. 5:14)
We are loyal, and loyalty is demonstrated most radically when people fail. We don’t punish and abandon them to save face or convince the world that we hate sin, but work to see them restored.(Matt. 18:15; John 8:1-11; Gal. 6:1; Ps. 141:5; 1 Cor. 4:21)
What does it look like?
God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have brought us into their intimacy and family. From their love and wisdom, we build healthy families and communities.(John 15:15-16a; Acts 2:44-47; Eph. 3:14-21; 1 John 3:1)
We believe that no one is created to walk alone and that people become most alive when planted in a healthy family.(Acts 2:1-2; Acts 4:23-31; Matt. 18:20; Eph. 3:14-20; Matt. 6:9; 1 Cor. 12:21-27)
The way we love people is a direct reflection of our true love for God. So, we live to make the world better for a generation we will never see.(Prov. 14:31; Matt. 10:42; Phil. 4:8; Matt. 25:45; Heb. 6:10)
I value and draw from the Holy Spirit’s gifts and graces in everyone’s lives, not just from my leaders.(Rom. 12:10; 1 Cor. 12)
We value and honor each other even when we disagree. It’s not about being right, but being understood.(Matt. 18:2-4; Rom. 12:4; 1 Pet. 2:17; Rom. 12:10; 1 Pet. 3:8; 1 Pet. 5:5; John 17:25-26)
We covenant with people, seeking their benefit in everything we do. We do nothing out of selfish ambition or gain.(Phil. 2:3-16; Rom. 12:10; Rom. 2:8, Eph. 5:21)
We are responsible when others in our family sin against us. We confront them based on: “You are way to cool to behave this way.”(2 Cor. 7:9-10; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:12; 1 Tim. 3:5)
No matter what people do, forgiveness is our standard.(Matt. 18:21; Luke 17:4)
We are not saying…
…we are self-sufficient and we don’t need others.(Eccl. 4:9-12; Heb. 10:24-25; Matt. 18:20; Heb. 3:13; 1 Cor. 12:12-14)
…all Christian communities are going to be a healthy families.(Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 5:6; 1 Cor. 4:14)
…we have to hate ourselves and love others.(Mark 12:31; Luke 5:16; Ps. 127:2; Jer. 29:11; 1 John 5:3)
…Christians don’t have to follow the rules and laws of secular society.(Rom. 13:6-7; Prov. 24:21; Daniel 2:21)
…children have a junior Holy Spirit.(Joel 2:28; Matt. 18:3; Luke 1:41)
…we don’t have any responsibility if fellow Christians sin against us.(Matt. 18:15-16; Matt. 18:21; Rom. 5:8)
…there isn’t a time when someone chooses not to be a part of healthy community.(Cor. 5:5-6; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Eph. 5:11; Rom. 16:17-19; Titus 3:9-10; Matt. 18:17)
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