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Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Being an Image Bearer at Home

The Real Deal · 36:06 · Recorded January 24, 2021

Being An Image Bearer at Home

Mark 16:6-7 (NIV) “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Simple family rules:

1 Peter 3:8-9 (NLT) Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tender-hearted and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

1. Live in harmony.

2. Be sympathetic.

3. Love each other genuinely.

4. Be compassionate and humble.

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

5. Fight differently.

How to get along:

1 Peter 3:10-11 (NLT) For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.”

1. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

2. Stop doing what’s wrong and start doing what’s right.

3. Be the person who creates peace not tension.

Romans 12:18 (NIV) If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Why it matters:

1 Peter 3:12 (NLT) “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

God will…

Watch over the righteous.

Actively listen to their prayers.

Stand against those who do wrong.

  • Why does it seem we sometimes show our ugliest self to those closest to us more than to those outside our immediate family?

  • Of the five “simple family rules” Ronnie listed, which is easiest for you? Most difficult? Which do you feel is generally lacking in your home? Call a family meeting and define what family rules you’ll live by and identify the scriptures that back them up (remember, doctrine is the basis for everything). You might start with 1 Peter 3:8-11, Ephesians 4:2-4, and James 1:19; 5:16.

  • Who do you know who is great at saying something nice or not saying anything at all? Are you? What does that person do when something unkind is in their mind to prevent themselves from letting it come out of their mouth? What can/will you do to be better at this? To encourage your children to do this better?

  • A great format for discussion and resolution after a disagreement can be “Stop, Start, Continue”. As you strive to be a person in your home who builds peace, you might say something like, “I’m sorry that I (fill in the blank). To show my love for you and to build peace in our home, I will work to stop (doing/saying what?), to start (doing/saying what?), and I will continue to (something that is good/helpful/ appreciated). Will you help and encourage me in this?” This type of exchange of commitment can build trust and confidence within the family.

  • Read Psalm 34 (which Peter paraphrases in 1 Peter 3:10-12). Identify the statements that belong to us (I will, etc.) and those that belong to God (the Lord is, etc.). What are the promises you find in this Psalm? What does it mean to “seek peace and pursue it”? How would you describe your pursuit of peace within your family this week?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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