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Spiritual practices extend into the community of faith when we practice prayer, study, unity, worship, confession and feasting together.

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Think Like a Family

Ephesians 2:19 NLT
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

Families Share Common Purpose and Values

Whether they realize it or not; by design or by default (the power of unity)
Ephesians 4:2–6 NLT
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.

Families Live Together

Hebrews 10:25 NLT
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
With understanding
Ephesians 4:2 NLT
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Work together
Ephesians 4:3 NLT
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Serve one another
1 Peter 4:10 NLT
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
John 13:14 NLT
And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.
Love each other
Galatians 5:13 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Families Communicate with Each Other

Encourage one another

Hebrews 3:13 NIV
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Forgive one another (confession)

Matthew 18:21–22 NLT
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
requires humility
Philippians 2:3 NLT
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
promotes healing
James 5:16 NLT
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
A note on accountability
Confession is a difficult discipline for us because we all too often view the believing community as a fellowship of saints before we see it as a fellowship of sinners. We feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin… therefore, we hide ourselves from one another and live in a veiled lies and hypocrisy. (Richard Foster)
Seek someone of spiritual maturity, wisdom, empathy, compassion, common sense and who can keep a confidence.
Never look to add to a guilt to a confession, but, affirm God’s grace towards that person and remind them of who they are in Christ!

Families Eat Together

Give thanks
Birthdays (identity & gift in family)
Acts 2:42–47 NLT
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Fruits of Worship
Holy obedience
Colossians 3:16 NLT
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Next Steps...

Make a commitment to be with my spiritual family at least once a week
Take initiative to connect with one other person in my spiritual family this week
Confess my struggles with someone I trust from my spiritual family
Forgive _________ for __________
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