Spring 2018

Finding Your Way . . .
. . . in Relationships


April 8 - June 2, 2018

Introduction
Relationships – they can be so challenging! How much time is spent in counselors’ offices across our nation because of unhealthy relationships? How much pain has been endured by individuals because of the relational damage that has occurred in their lives?

On the other hand, we can find such affirmation and blessing through our significant relationships. Healthy relationships can bring great joy and fulfillment into our lives.

How can we discover health in those key relational areas in our lives? Where can we find healing for our wounds? Does the Bible have anything to offer us today as we navigate our 21st-century world?

This new series is designed to assist us in understanding the value of living in healthy, dynamic relationships that help shape us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It also is a practical attempt to help us find our way in those relationships in real time. God has designed us to live in community and He has uniquely equipped us for relational living as human beings.

We will also read through the Book of Genesis as a supplement to this series. Why Genesis? Well – it is an amazing book filled with incredible stories of intrigue and complex relationships. Jealousy, sibling rivalry, arranged marriages, sacrificial love, parenting lessons, massive mistakes to be avoided in relationships ---- all of that and more is in this amazing book.

Further, the Book of Genesis sets the context for human existence in the presence of God. God designed human beings to live in a unique relationship with Him. And – He placed human beings in communal relationships with one another. So, it serves as a foundational text for any conversation about relationships from a Biblical perspective.

Join us for this series as you find your way . . . in relationships! 

April 8: Core: Everything Starts with God – This is the fountain from which springs all healthy relationships. We become healthy people by living in communion with God. God has designed us to be relational creatures. He exists in eternity in relational harmony. He created us with both a desire and a capacity for relationships.

Sermon Text:
Genesis 1:26-2:3


Daily Bible Readings
April 9:       Genesis 1:1-2:3

April 10:     Genesis 2:4-25

April 11:     Genesis 3

April 12:     Genesis 4

April 13:     Genesis 5
    

April 15: We are Family!– We are all a part of a family system. God’s design is for human beings to exist in family contexts. We cannot create ourselves! We are products of familial human relationships. The family is the most basic social and relational construct. We all contribute to the well-being of our families. Obviously, as Christians, we believe our families need to reflect a deep faith in God.

Sermon Text:
Acts 10:1-2


Daily Bible Readings
April 16:     Genesis 6

April 17:     Genesis 7-8

April 18:     Genesis 9-10

April 19:     Genesis 11

April 20:     Genesis 12

    
April 22: Friends are Friends Forever– We need authentic friendships to guide and shape our emotional health. Friendships are the first relationships we learn to develop beyond our actual family. In those pivotal exchanges, we learn valuable lessons about life, others, and ourselves.


Sermon Text:
Proverbs 27:10


April 23:      Genesis 13-14

April 24:      Genesis 15

April 25:      Genesis 16

April 26:      Genesis 17 

April 27:      Genesis 18


April 29: The Dating Game – God created us with natural attractions. We learn to express ourselves in healthy relational dynamics as we court the affection of a significant other. There are also certain relational dynamics and many other factors that lead some to a life of singleness. God can be honored in our pre-marital or non-marital relationships.

Sermon Text:
2 Corinthians 6:14-18


Daily Bible Readings
April 30:      Genesis 19

May 1:        Genesis 20-21

May 2:        Genesis 22-23

May 3:        Genesis 24

May 4:        Genesis 25
   

May 6: Here Comes the Bride
– Marriage is at the relational core of any society. God has instituted marriage and placed His hand of blessing upon it. In fact, marriage is a universal human phenomenon. It is found in every culture. And yet, it can be one of the greatest relational challenges for human beings. What message does the Bible have for married couples in the 21st century?


Sermon Text:
Ephesians 5:18-21


Daily Bible Readings
May 7:    Genesis 26:1-33

May 8:    Genesis 26:34-27:46

May 9:    Genesis 28-29 

May 10:  Genesis 30

May 11:  Genesis 31


May 13: Meet the Parents – Parental responsibilities are a blessing and a challenge! Parents cannot abdicate their strategic role in the lives of children. Parents play a unique, strategic, and irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. Christian parents can call on God’s help for this significant task.


Sermon Text:
Deuteronomy 6:1-9


Daily Bible Readings

May 14:   Genesis 32

May 15:   Genesis 33

May 16:   Genesis 34-35 

May 17:   Genesis 36-37

May 18:   Genesis 38


May 20: Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go!– God offers us an opportunity to engage in meaningful labor. We must demonstrate emotional intelligence in our relationships with our colleagues. While we are honing our skills in our career development, we often are navigating social relationships at our jobs. Since we spend so much time at work, these relationships need to be as healthy as possible.

Sermon Text:
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12


Daily Bible Readings

May 21:   Genesis 39-40

May 22:   Genesis 41

May 23:   Genesis 42

May 24:   Genesis 43

May 25:   Genesis 44


May 27: You are a Witness – God uses people to reach people. We have opportunities to share the love of Jesus with others through our relational connections. We manage all types of relationships as human beings. In all arenas, God can use us to be witnesses to the Gospel as we engage people in everyday life. You are a witness! The question is – what kind of witness are you?


Sermon Text:
Genesis 41:41-45


Daily Bible Readings
May 28:   Genesis 45

May 29:   Genesis 46-47

May 30:   Genesis 48

May 31:   Genesis 49:1-28

June 1:    Genesis 49:29-50:26