Family: Relevance, Relationships, & Roles

Beginning next Sunday (Mother’s Day), I am starting a new sermon series on the family.  It will run until Father’s Day.  As would be expected, we will begin with the role and relevance of mothers since we begin on Mother’s Day.  The very next week is Pentecost, so we will have a special sermon for that day, but will get back into the groove the week after, where the sermon will be about singleness.  Yes, there is a role and relevance for singleness.  After that, we move on to marriage of one man and one woman, examining the roles within marriage and the relevance of marriage.  Of course, one of the relationships that comes about in marriage is that of children and parents.  We will spend one week discussing the children’s roles and relevance, and the following week (Father’s Day) dealing with dear old dad.

In some ways, I am very excited about this series.  In other ways, seeing that I’ve never done something like this, I’m a bit nervous.  However, I do believe that God has much to say about family, and that many have forgotten these three aspects of family.  In today’s westernized culture, roles, relevance, and relationships have become muddled and confused.  My hope in the upcoming series is to shed biblical light and clarity on these areas that are so vital to the family, the church, and society at large.

There will be two books that we will be giving away during this series: What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp, and Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family also by Paul David Tripp.

Paul David Trip is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas.  he has taught at respected institutions worldwide and has written numerous books, including Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, War of Words, Awe, and New Morning Mercies.  Paul has been married for over forty years to Luella, and they have four grown children.  For more information and additional resources, visit www.paultrippministries.org. (taken from the back of What Did You Expect?)

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