2 – Friends with your Fam
Big Idea: Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
Theme Verse: Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12)
Sacrifice – Loyalty – Love
1. No family is perfect.
- Favorite kid syndrome
“Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.” (Genesis 37:3-4)
- Sibling rivalry
2. Every family has dysfunction.
3. Parents are broken people too.
- We are called to love them.
- We are called to show them Jesus in our lives.
- We are called to obey our parents.
- We are called to participate and help our family flourish.
- Listening creates peace – “… you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19)
- Generosity creates peace – “Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.” (Proverbs 15:27)
- Trust creates peace – “Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.” (Psalm 11:29)
- Kindness and forgiveness create peace – “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
What is ONE THING I can do to bring peace to my family this week?
– Do you think of your family as friends? Why or why not?
– How has your family influenced you for the good? How about the bad?
– Where do you struggle the most in family life? How do you think you could play a role in making it better?
– What is your greatest prayer for your family right now. Share and pray together as a group.