Cell Notes

Cell Notes - Responding to God's Love & Who Cares?

Who Cares about my family? - 26th November

Reading: Exodus 20:8-12; Ephesians 5:22-6:4

We are made for relationship – ‘not good to be alone’ (see Genesis 2:18), God walks with us in the cool of the evening (Genesis 2:8a) and we are commanded to fill the earth – have children, build family (Genesis 1:28).

Families are to look out for each other (Gen 4:8 ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ Yes!). Unfortunately, families also cause each other pain.

   - What’s our experience of family? (be sensitive with each other)

 

Billy Graham said: ‘A home is like a solar system. The sun, the centre, holds the solar system together. If it were not for the sun, the solar system would fly to pieces. Unless the Son of God is put at the centre of your home, it, too, may fly to pieces. Make the Son of God the centre of your home.’ We are called to teach our whole family the plan of God and invite them to join in. Read Deuteronomy 11:18-22.

  - What’s our experience of being trained up in The Way (Proverbs 22:6), or in schooling our own children about Jesus?

  - How do we keep Jesus at the centre of our family: biological, cell and church?

 

The fifth commandment preserves order in family and is the ‘first commandment with a promise’.

  - How do we go about honouring our parents, or the older generation in general?

  - How do we avoid exasperating our children and earn respect from them, or the younger generation in general?

 

We are invited into God’s family. See Romans 8:14-17 and John 1:12-13. We are now part of a new family – God’s. Jesus called us to high view of our earthly family, but an even higher view of our heavenly family! See Matthew 12:46-50.

  - What do you hope for our church family and what can you do to make it a reality?

 

Families in scripture are presented honestly in their failure and occasional success. Take heart, we are not the only ones to have failed! We all require the grace of God!

  - Pray for those you know struggling with family and for us all in whatever family roles/s we find ourselves in.