This sermon is part of the sermon series "Growing Great Families". See series.
Whether our "family" is a group of close friends, a bunch of kids running around the house, or a husband and wife alone, I think it is fair to say that all of us want to "do life together" in the healthiest way possible. Isn't this true? Most of us also recognize that this is not an easy vision to live into in our time. For dozen of reasons ranging from the pace of life to its phenomenal noise and clutter, building and sustaining any kind of truly life-sharing community is getting harder and harder.
This is why God's Word to us comes as such good news. Amidst all of the social and personal pressures that make true community difficult, God offers us some powerful principles that—when put into practice—can still make our "families" enormously loving, creative, influential circles. These are the principles that we're going to explore together in the weeks ahead.
We begin this morning by looking together at perhaps the most foundational principle essential to growing a great family. Ironically, we find it at a moment in the life of Jesus when it looked like his family was breaking up, never to be rebuilt again. Let's look together at Matthew 26:36-46:
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
Then he returned to his disciples and found them ...
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