If your family situation has ever "gone nuclear," and you were left struggling to understand how a bomb got dropped into the middle of your marriage, your parenting, or your extended-family relationships, then this just might be the series for you.
There is a natural drive in each one of us toward independence, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency. The desire to press toward these things even influences the relationships in which we find ourselves. We don’t want to be perceived as someone who’s needy. But is it possible that being needy is a good thing? In this sermon, Pastor Jeff examines Romans 7 and talks about God’s plan for relationships and how admitting that we are needy can impact our relationship with God and with each other.
When marriage is started, it is often begun with the idea in mind that it will be easy or that it will solve all of our problems or fill in what seems to be missing in our lives. But what happens when marriage is hard work or when it seems hopeless? In this sermon, Pastor Dan speaks from I Kings 19:3-4 about what happens when relationships or marriages seem hard and how Jesus Christ provides hope even in our difficult times.
We all want to be loved and accepted for who we are. This desire can occur in marriages, in friendships, and even in our biological relationships. When we think about this acceptance, we may think of the perfect acceptance as one in which we are accepted for who we are without any expectation that we will change. Is this God’s design for our relationships? Or, is it possible that this approach to relationships is what causes disruption in them? In this sermon, Pastor Jeff answers this question for us by taking us through Genesis 3.