Sermon Text: 1 Tim 3:5; If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? Genesis 37: 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.
Sermon Title: My New Life Forward 2016 Pt 5: Family is Fundamental
Point 1: You have a destiny in spite of the dysfunction. Genesis 37:3(KJV) 3ff Now Israel [formally Jacob] loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. (4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kin word to him. (5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more…
Point 2: Let God develop you through the dysfunction. Gen 39: 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
Point 3: You have to be determined in the dysfunction. Gen 40: 23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. 41: 1 When two full years passed, Pharaoh had a dream… (9) Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings…
Point 4: The dysfunction is by design. Gen 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good....”
1. Forgive whoever hurt you in your dysfunctional family and move forward
2. Put your dysfunctional family in the hands of God
3. Don't repeat the dysfunction in your family