Family. We all have one. And, we often want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. When it comes to family, what does your preferred future look like?
Whether you’re starting a family, raising a family, or wondering if family's worth the effort, this 6-part series provides direction and hope. DOWNLOAD ONLY
Part 1 - Ideally Speaking (Andy Stanley)
When the ideal is hard to attain, it's tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus' teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. In this message, Andy Stanley explains why aiming for God's ideal is still worth it, even when our reality makes reaching it impossible. Ephesians 6:1-2, Colossians 3:18-21, Proverbs 3:5
Part 2 - Power Down (Andy Stanley)
Christianity has its own s-word: submit. Culture has cast this word in a negative light, but what was Jesus really saying when he tells us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ?” In this message, Andy Stanley unpacks one of Jesus’ most powerful relational teachings—an instruction that changes everything in family dynamics. And he gives us one question to begin asking family members today.
Part 3 - Common Cause (Andy Stanley)
When it comes to family, the only thing we all have in common is conflict. We fight about things as small as supper and as large as life direction. But all of these conflicts have a common cause. In this message, Andy Stanley helps us get right to the source of our external conflict with an internal insight. James 4:1-3
Part 4 - All the Fixin's (Andy Stanley)
All children long for the approval of their parents—especially their fathers. And all parents long for their children’s admiration—to hear “when I grow up, I want to be just like you.” These emotionally-loaded desires are too often unmet, leaving us with hurt that can haunt us for years. In this message, Andy Stanley explains the practical steps toward reconciliation that will prevent old dysfunction from invading new relationships. 2 Corinthians 5:14-18
Part 5 - Our Way, A Way (Andy Stanley)
Raising children is one of the biggest challenges in life. It requires all of our strengths and talents. And it makes us keenly aware of our weaknesses. In this message, Andy and Sandra Stanley tell you everything they know about parenting. This isn’t everything there is to know, just everything they know. If you’re in the middle of the stressful years of parenting, this message is a great reminder that even if the days are long, this season of life is short. Proverbs 22:6
Part 6 - The Echo (Andy Stanley)
Every family has stories—legends—that are passed from generation to generation. We've all heard tales of Grandpa's extraordinary generosity or cautionary stories of a family member's recklessness or tragedy. And those stories shape us. But what we don't often think about is that someday those stories will be about us. In this message, Andy Stanley uses the story of Joseph to illustrate the power our current actions may have for literally years to come. Actions speak louder than words. And in families, they may even echo into the next generation. Genesis 25, 27, 31, 33