Building Better Relationships

We were designed by God to desire relationships.  He filled us with the need to love and be loved, to nurture and be nurtured.  And yet our most painful experiences in life often revolve around broken friendships, homes and marriages.  Building Better Relationships will provide a solid biblical foundation for stronger connections with those we know and love, and will give us the tools to make those relationships better.

Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week One
May 5, 2014, Pastor Mike

EPHESIANS 5:21-6:9—“…submitting to one another in the fear of God.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself or her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.  So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.   For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.  ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’  This is a great mystery concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise:  ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’  And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.  Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.  And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”

Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week Two
May 11, 2014, Pastor Mike

Building Better Relationships…Through Love!     1 SAMUEL 25:39, 42—“So when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept His servant from evil!  For the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head.’  And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his wifeSo Abigail rose in haste…and became his wife.”

Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week Three
May 18, 2014, Pastor Mike

Building Better Relationships…Through Friendship!  1 Samuel 20:17—“Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.”

Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week Four
May 25, 2014, Pastor Mike

Building Better Relationships…Through Personal Growth!  Proverbs 3:3-4—“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.”

 

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Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week Five
June 1, 2014, Pastor Mike

Building Better Relationships…Through Restoration!  Proverbs 25:9-10—“Debate your case with your neighbor, and do not disclose the secret to another; lest he who hears it expose your shame, and your reputation be ruined.”

Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week Six
June 8, 2014, Pastor Mike

Building Better Relationships…Through Conflict Resolution!  Genesis 21:22—“And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of the army, spoke to Abraham, saying, ‘God is with you in all you do.’”

Basic Concepts for Biblical Relationships Week Seven
June 15, 2014, Pastor Mike

Building Better Relationships…Through Biblical Submission!  

SUBMISSION = A voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.”  

Philippians 2:6-7—“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”