2015 NYC - Only One Family by Matt Reagan


No one in the world is outside of a relational context

  • Genesis 12:1-3 “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

  • The units of the earth are families

  • America is one of the most individualistic cultures in the world

  • Matthew 12:48- 50 “But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Family is hard because the idea or concept is wonderful, but it rarely lives up to what we hope for in true family

True Family:
1. They know each other

  • The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and be known
  • In heaven everyone will know each other perfectly- That's scary right now
  • 2 Timothy 1: 2-7

2. They delight in each other's joy

  • No competition

3. They do not perform for one another

  • Nobody is looking at me, they are too busy looking at themselves
  • Not putting on a show
  • Song, "Unsteady" by the X Ambassadors
  • True families are a haven and a refuge 

4. They discuss each other's pain
5. They walk through conflict

  • Galatians 6: 1-2

6. They aren't going anywhere

    True families are a messy, wonderfully and healthily messy

    • “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” -  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • Ephesians 2: 14-20

    How do you step into this family?

    • Vertically

    • Galatians 4:4-6