As RFC continues to grow, it's important we keep reminding everyone that family matters; both 'Our biological Family' and 'Church family'. Too often we reduce 'family' to only embrace a Mum+Dad+2kids yet family in the Bible is much wider & richer. Over the next few months we want to explore and remind ourselves that 'FAMILY Matters':
FAMILY Matters - God's Household - God has revealed himself using the language of family (Father & Son) and has chosen to bless the nations of the world through his adopted family. We belong to one another and must hold the tension of diversity in unity.
FAMILY Matters - Marriage. Marriage is the human echo of Trinity and at its best is a relationship of being 'naked and knowing no shame'. Yet Husbands and wives fall short of this but can find grace for each season.
FAMILY Matters - Singleness. Whilst marriage is the expectation and desire for most people, those who are single aren't supposed to be 'waiting' to get married! Singleness is a status to be embraced, honoured and enjoyed. If you are single please fill out a survey by FOLLOWING THIS LINK. If you are married, then please follow THIS LINK and answer the questions.
FAMILY Matters - Aliens amongst us. God's family has always been made up of aliens & foreigners, yet we are all citizens of another, Heavenly Kingdom. Our brothers & sisters from other nations need us to joyfully affirm their belonging to our church family.
FAMILY Matters - Divorce & Remarriage. God's intent is for a man and women to be joined together for life. Yet because of the train wreck of our first father & mother (Adam & Eve) our hearts can become hard. No one wins in divorce but there is hope in Christ.
FAMILY Matters - Parenting. It has been said that Parenting is an art not a science. And yet many mums & dads have been robbed of the opportunity, confidence and vision to practice their art! Children need to be nurtured and trained by parents who are supported and encouraged.
FAMILY Matters - the Poor. Our Heavenly Father has a bias for the welfare of the poor and His family will always include and be amongst them. His household should be quick to give dignity and favour to them.
FAMILY Matters - the Unborn. God's household must speak up for those who have no voice ... so much is at stake in the abortion debate. Many believe we have to choose between helping women and helping unborn babies, yet it is critical we help both.