What does a "Real Jesus" home culture look like?
"The blessings and sins of our families going back two to three generations profoundly impact who we are today.” - Pete Scazzero
“Discipleship requires putting off the sinful patterns of our family of origin and relearning how to do life God’s way in God’s family.” - Pete Scazzero
Growing in freedom
“When I was raising my kids, my heart was so distant and polluted… I felt like I had nothing to give at home. I was just an empty shell trying to point them in the right direction.”
You cannot lead others, where you have not gone yourself
1 When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel… 3 Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”
There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.
And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul saidto his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.”
“According to the general principle of Biblical narrative that the first reported speech of a character is a defining moment of characterization, Saul’s first utterance reveals him as a young man uncertain about pursuing his way and quite concerned about his father.” - Robert Alter
15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel: 16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be a prince over my people Israel. He shall save my peoplefrom the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me.”
20 Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot.”
“… the only other Biblical instances of such drawing of lots among the tribes are in order to discover a culprit, and so Samuel has chosen a mechanism associated with incrimination and punishment.” - Robert Alter
21 But when they sought him, he could not be found. 22 So they inquired again of the Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the Lord said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.”
Then they ran and took him from there. And when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.
Don’t let the baggage of your past sabotage the potential of your future
Family Excavation Tool
- Describe your mom/dad in three words.
- How was conflict/anger/tension handled in your home?
- What was considered “success” in your family?
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