Church Makeover (Ch. 5)—Activities—Your Other Family

Hard to believe it has been 10 weeks already and that we are at the end. (And, in manyways, the beginning of some new things for your family!) THANKS for investing in your family’s faith life with this. If this is your first time, glad you are here.

In these weeks, we have explored Faith Begins at Home: The Family Makeover with Home Makeover Christ at the Center and learned about various makeovers:

  • Home Makeover
  • Parent Makeover
  • Child Makeover
  • Extended Family Makeover
  • And, now, we are in the midst of the Church Makeover

A makeover has been a good illustration because Christ comes into a life to do the ultimate makeover. In fact, it is such a total makeover that it is described as becoming a new creation.[1] But it comes only through a faith in Christ where we enter into a relationship with God Himself that forever changes our hearts, our commitments, even how we live.

As we noted previously, if we reduce faith to basically psychological or sociological processes, we miss that he is doing a transforming work that is internal and spiritual in nature but works very clearly in our external and everyday life. If we seek to do what this book describes to try to make the children around us “church-y” it is a serious misunderstanding. Christ does not come to have us look good on the outside but to transform us inside. The role we have in the family and children’s life is to help them to connect — to know and to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Like a branch connected to a vine[2], He will provide the transforming power, not us.

One of the ways we do that is in this last theme of the Church Makeover. The church is called the body of Christ. The place where regardless of our race, gender, personality, gifts or anything else[3] people who desire to follow Jesus come together to encourage one another in that pursuit. It is described in many terms or ideas but also includes the idea of being God’s family.[4]

So, if we desire our children to know and follow Christ, if there is a “third place” (last week's post) for our children, it is in His family, the church. Often we think of “church” as a building, but it is not just a building—it’s people who gather together to express their desire to worship, know, and serve God… together.

Along with the discussion questions, the author provided some great resources on Car Time Notes as well as My Family’s Spiritual Gifts. May you and your family become part of God’s work through His people, the church.

THIS WEEK’S DISCUSSION: (Join the conversation below in the “Comments” link.)

How do you impress upon your children the importance of the church (the people of God)? What ways have you sought to model or teach that has helped them connect to God’s mission through church?

To you and your family (adapted from Romans 15:5-6):

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you, as a family, the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice as a family you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[1] 2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.

[2] John 15

[3] Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12

[4] 1 Thessalonians 4:10

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