This sermon is part of the sermon series Growing Great Families.See series.
As we saw last week, every great family is founded first and foremost on the Covenant Principle—on a radical commitment to one another, inspired by the stunning example of God's own commitment to us. The first Christian family just could not get over the way God kept his side of the covenant. Their lives were continually being reshaped by the knowledge that, even though they had slept through Jesus' hour of need, Jesus did not fail them: I will be with you always, even when you call me at midnight, even when it means bearing a cross.
"If I go up to the heavens, you are there," King David once marveled in the face of God's faithfulness to him. "If I make my bed in the depths, you are there [God]. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." For you have said, O God: "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you."
Wherever a circle of people looks deeply into the never-sleeping, cross-embracing commitment God makes to us and resolves to live toward that kind of commitment to others, too, there can begin there the growth of a truly great family. It happened with the first Christian family. It can happen with yours and mine. Are we willing to make that kind of covenant with the people God has given us?
If so, then there is a second important principle for family life that can bring that commitment to life. I'll call it the Body Principle, and it is expressed in the words the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12.
Great families see themselves as a unit.
"The body is a unit," writes Paul, "though it is made up of many parts; and ...
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