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Sermon Appetizer: Rooted & Grounded - SCOC 1/16/22

We are living in an age when Christianity is under attack? As one preacher once said, "If you can't feel the heat of the battle.. your on the wrong side!" It is taboo to be a Christian. The Christian home is at war with secularism, humanism and Darwinism. Our family values sound old-fashioned and archaic. In the home alone there is a loss of respect for purity, the meaning and definition of marriage is changing (Matthew 19:1-15), the failure of the father figure is a major factor (Genesis 18:19, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 6:4, I Timothy 5:8), the distortion of the woman’s role in the home (Proverbs 31), divorce is no longer a bad word – it’s just a choice when two people are ready to try something new, and children/youth are clearing showing less respect to the elderly and to those in authority. Family members are confused (Ephesians 5:22-32, 6:1-4) and we need something to change.

If we are going to live intentionally in 2022, we need to make some major adjustments. We neeed to read the Bible together as a family (II Timothy 1:5, 3:14-15), we need to pray together as a family (Acts 16:13-15, 40), we need to worship together as a family (Acts 10:2, 10:7, 10:34, 16:15, 16:31, 15:34, 18:8), and we need to serve together as a family (Acts 12:25, 13:5, 15:36-41, Colossians 4:10, II Timothy 4:11). How else could we expect our children to be faithful to Christ, if you are giving only a half-hearted effort?

Sunday we will be considering the text of Colossians 2:6-7: "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving." We are going to notice what we need to do to ger our own faith rooted, grounded and established. And how that will have an impact on our family, our church and even our community. To God be the glory!

You are loved!

Dr. Ray Reynolds

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