Made for Relationship | Genesis 2:18-20

God has created three divine institutions to protect and care for us in relationship. The family provides love to counter loneliness; the government provides order to counter chaos; and the church provides growth to counter immaturity.

John ElmoreOct 30, 2022
Genesis 2:18-20

In This Series (15)
Made to Work | Genesis 3:17-19
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 4, 2022
Made to Gospel Our Relationships | Genesis 3:12-13
John ElmoreNov 27, 2022
Made for a World Without Shame | Genesis 3:7-11
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 20, 2022
Made for a Different World | Genesis 3:1-7
John ElmoreNov 13, 2022
Made for Relationships: Marriage | Genesis 2:18-25
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 6, 2022
Made for Relationship | Genesis 2:18-20
John ElmoreOct 30, 2022
Made to Rest | Genesis 2:1-3
John ElmoreOct 23, 2022
Made to Flourish | Genesis 2:4-25
Blake HolmesOct 16, 2022
God’s Heart for The Nations | Revelation 7:9-17
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 9, 2022
Made in the Image of God | Genesis 1:26-27
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 2, 2022
Great Questions Q&A Panel + MADE: to Teach | Genesis 1-3, 2 Timothy 2:24-26
John Elmore, Cassidy Webber, Brett Bruster, Steven Ateek, Alan BeamSep 25, 2022
How to Hear From God | Genesis 1:1-31
Timothy "TA" AteekSep 18, 2022
The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit | Genesis 1:1-5
John ElmoreSep 11, 2022
To Know God is to Worship God | Genesis 1:3-25
John ElmoreAug 28, 2022
Is Your God Too Small? | Genesis 1:1-2
Timothy "TA" AteekAug 21, 2022

Summary

It is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). To ensure that every person can live in relationship with others, God has provided us with three divine institutions—the family, the government, and the church—to care for us and place us under His protection. All three are strengthened and held together by the King, Jesus, and our relationship with Him.

  • The family. Family provides love to counter loneliness.
    • Love through family. Although family can be broken by sin, everyone does have a family. Every person ever born has a mom and a dad (Genesis 3:20).
    • Love in marriage. God created marriage as the foundation for family (Genesis 2:24).
    • Love through parenting and kids. Parents love their children through provision, protection, and loving discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11).
    • Love in honoring your parents. Having been cared for by our parents when young, we get to care for our parents when they are older (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3).
  • The government. Government provides order to counter chaos.
    • Order through justice. Government was instituted by God to punish evil and promote good (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-4).
    • Order by voting for biblical principles. We have the unique privilege to choose who will bring order. We should vote for a government that will promote the welfare of the people (Jeremiah 29:7; Hebrews 11:13) and not give approval to evil practices (Romans 1:32). We should also seek to have unity in Christ with believers who vote differently.
  • The church. Church provides growth to counter immaturity.
    • Growth to maturity. We are all on a continuum from new believer to mature believer, and we are to be grown up in the church (Ephesians 4:13).
    • Growth through community. One of the most transformative ways to grow in the church is through community. It is how we live out the “one anothers” of Scripture. And when hard times come, there is strength in numbers (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • No family is perfect. What is one thing you can do to strengthen or restore your relationship with a family member?
  • If you have not yet voted in the current election, what is your plan to vote on or before election day? How can you vote wisely based on biblical principles? Is God calling you to get more involved or run as a candidate yourself?
  • If you are in a community group, how is your group doing? What would you like to change or improve about your community group? If you are not in biblical community, what should be your next step?
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