Rules of Engagment: Say You’re Sorry! Now Say It Like You Mean It.

November 24th, 2013

Murder just got easier - Matthew 5:21-22

Reconciliation > Gifts to God - Matthew 5:23-24

The clock is ticking - Matthew 5:25-26

Obstacles to overcome - Proverbs 28:13 , 1 Peter 5:5

Straight A's

Make every effort - Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14


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Rules of Engagement: Family Dysfunction?

November 17th, 2013

What is Normal? - Acts 17:24-28

  • God never gets the wrong address
  • God has a plan - Romans 8:28

A Broken Family - Genesis 37

  • Bad parenting 101 - Genesis 37:1-4
  • Creating your own problems - Genesis 37:5-11
  • When sin strikes - Genesis 37:12-20
  • The clash of siblings - Genesis 37:21-36

An Egyptian Wife -> A Prison -> A Cup Bearer

  • Toxic people - Genesis 39:7-10
  • God's timing - Genesis 41:9-13

God is in Your Story - Genesis 45:1-8

  • Pain & loss
  • Redirection
  • Partnership
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Rules of Engagement: Family of Origin

November 10th, 2013

The power of family <--> Relational styles

Your family genogram

Models of child rearing

The biblical model - Deuteronomy 6:4-7 / Proverbs 22:6 / Ephesians 6:4

Generational problems - Exodus 20:4-6

Jesus <-> Family - Matthew 10:34-39

Adoption ? - John 1:12-13 / Romans 8:23 / Ephesians 1:5-10

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Rules of Engagement: Fight Fair

November 3rd, 2013

What's your strategy? 

Win / Lose - John 8:3-6
Lose / Win - Galatians 2:12; Acts 10:27-28
Lose / Lose - 1 Kings 3:24-26
Win / Win - John 8:10-11

Strategy for Win / Win

Seek first to understand, then to be understood - James 1:19, Proverbs 18:13, 18:2, 18:15, 20:5

Don't be defensive or counter-attack - 1 Peter 3:9, Proverbs 15:1

Argue about one thing at a time - 1 Corinthians 14:8-9, Proverbs 10:19

No anger intimidation or violence - Proverbs 3:31, James 1:19-20, 1 Corinthians 13:5

Don't play victim . . . don't "rescue" - Matthew 3:8, Philippians 4:13, Galatians 6:5

Consider appropriate timing - Ephesians 4:26, Ecclesiastes 3:1



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