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How to Treat Your Family - Part A

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August 4, 2020 2:00 am

How to Treat Your Family - Part A

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August 4, 2020 2:00 am

In Romans 16, Paul approached the church in Rome not as Paul the theologian, but as Paul their brother in Christ. In the message "How to Treat Your Family," Skip shares how you can follow Paul's example of how to treat your spiritual family.

This teaching is from the series Heart & Soul: A Study Through Romans.

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Well we act like a family we act like family, so that we should be careful yes we should be caring.

Certainly we should take precautions but we should never panic should never give over to fear.

It takes the same amount of energy to pray as it does to worry. One leads to peace one leads to panic. General wonder during this crisis. I wonder what the church is and will hand China are doing you like to know many of them have decided to act like a family, many of them have decided to go to the streets and minister to the emergency care workers.

The medical workers to take meals to those who are quarantined because of this disaster. They they see it as an opportunity to share the love of their heavenly father and their Savior and very very tangible ways and there's something else. This is not unfamiliar territory.

You know plagues have happened before in times past, epidemics have happened in the world. Pandemics have happened before in the world and there were Christians. For example, in Europe during the time of Martin Luther. There was a horrible pandemic that was called the bubonic plague that killed 50 million people in Europe alone, 50 million souls died because of that plague in Europe and that's just Europe with your dad up north Africa and Asia and other countries around the estimates are between 75 and 200 million people lost their lives. It was a crisis, and people were asking what should Christians do during those times. Martin Luther was was asked what should Christians do what your churches, what should pastors do in the bubonic plague and the and the biggest question he got is. Should Christians run should they flee, and he was very careful in how he answered it as far as a response. Of course they week they had closed the unit University where he lived in Wittenberg. Sound familiar, because the University year was 15, 27 cases of the plague hit the town Luther was in the people in charge urged Martin Luther to leave town, he would not leave town. He told them to attend to the sick. Their sick neighbors if they had a family certainly stay at home. He said in attend your sick family. Much like the protocol you and I have heard recently.

He said I'll follow the practical advice of the powers that are over you as they get their mandates, but he was also vying for taking the sick people out of homes and and isolating them to treat them medically. So the people could fumigate their homes from some of these are problems that they were facing. But then he gave what I think is the most practical piece of advice you could give the any human being at any time certainly during the crisis, he said prepare for your own death. Be ready to face eternity with God. It is appointed and demand once to die after this the judgment. So how do you prepare by listening to sermons by getting the word of God in you by taking the sacraments. He call it gathering together and taking the Lord's supper, etc. know we are in a very lengthy chapter, Chapter 16 of the book of Romans. Just put your eyes over that chapter and see how much territory we have to cover. This is a family chapter. It is filled with family language. Verse one. He mentions Phoebe our sister speaking spiritually.

Of course down in verse 17, I urge you). That's a family term down to verse 23 Paul writes about Cortes a brother. All of these are family terms, brother, sister, brethren, and then there's also a common thread that runs to this chapter, a phrase that tells us what kind of family.

Paul was speaking about. I want you to notice in verse two that you may receive her in the Lord.

Verse three Gray Purcell and a call my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. Skip down to verse seven grade Andronicus Junior my countrymen fellow prisoners who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Verse eight rate amply is my beloved in the Lord. Verse nine rate or botanists of our fellow worker in Christ.

There are 11 times in this chapter in Christ in the Lord. So I draw that your attention so that you know we are dealing here with a spiritual family that is the thrust and the theme of this chapter Paul ends this incredibly doctrinally rich epistle filled with justification by faith filled with so many great theological nuggets. He ends it with the spiritual family in mind.

That's why call this message how to treat your family.

The family of God. In this chapter Paul lists 26 people that he names by name and to people that are unnamed, so a list of roughly 28 individuals. This chapter includes, which is why many people ignore Chapter 16 of the book of Romans and what my hardest and resonate with others. With the genealogy I'm knocking to get much out of a whole bunch of names that I care about them both your names and that you care, but I submit to you that it should gladden the heart and his wife what this chapter shows us is that Paul was not a Lone Ranger hidden operate alone. He always had a team he always had a group he always had a collaborative around him. He spoke to people that way. He ministered


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