September Worship Series: Krazy Kinfolk
Bible stories of two fathers highlight the role of parental authority, helping us try to understand the love of a parent for a child.
Father Knows Best: the story of Jephthah (Judges 11:34-40), a bad father who sacrifices his daughter to fulfill a foolish vow (used as a boast to God).
We are Family: the story of the Man with Two Sons (Luke 15:11-32—the Prodigal Son story) striking a balance between restriction and freedom.
Themes: Reflect on the value of families and family values, Honoring parents, honoring families, Being on the outs inside of the family.
Bible stories of blending families together highlights the role of family conflicts and jealousy that arises.
My Two Wives: Abraham’s story (Genesis 21: 8-14) story of triangulation and competition, conflict and distrust.
Lessons Learned: Mordecai and Esther (Esther 2:5-23) story of Mordecai adopting Esther, but as an orphan is still marginalized by society.
Themes: When you define “family” who gets left out, The dishonor of being a “step,” What family traditions get passed down in families and might there be other ways to pass them on?
Bible stories of families suffering
What Did I Do to Deserve This: Job’s story (Job 1: 13-22) How do we understand the meaning of faith in the midst of dying, death, and grief?
If You Had Been Here: Jesus and the story of Lazarus (John 11:17-27) Martha blames Jesus for her brother’s death—if you had been here he would still be alive.
Themes: How do we adequately support those who suffer and grieve? What more should the church do?
Bible stories of bringing together families with different memories, values, and worldviews.
Nobody’s Business but Theirs: Moses and the Cushite Woman story (Numbers 12: 1-16) story of an “intermarriage” and all of its fallout.
The Same Difference: Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 16:29-34) At issue was the belief that anything that threatened Israel’s capacity to love God had to be eliminated.
Themes: What challenges do mixed marriages bring? What issues do bicultural children find in our community? Does racism play a role? What can the church do to affirm multi-cultural families?
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