Family Relationships by Pastor Arnie

Sunday Service

  • Romans 12:1 (sic)
  • There is no authority except that which God has established.
  • Dot Com is dot gone.
  • Father, lead the country. Have mercy on us.
  • Help us to pray for our enemies.
  • May we render to Caesar, that which belongs to Caesar but ultimately to rend to You, that which belongs to You (hint: everything else).

Family Relationships

  • Can be messy
  • Still (especially) should follow Jesus

Biblical Family Looks Like:

  • Adam & Eve – but even they got it wrong
  • Honour thy father & mother – a necessary commandment
  • “Father” Abraham – really got it wrong with the maid
  • Shock value family – Abraham’s family became messy
  • Jesus “Holy” family – born out of wedlock!
  • “Our Father” in heaven – we are adopted into His family.

Family Pictures of God

  • Father
  • Redeemer
    • Senior male relative,
    • buy freedom,
    • protect widows & orphans,
    • vengeance
  • With sons & daughters


  • Loving-kindness
  • God to us
  • Us to others


  • No “model” marriages in the Bible!
  • None of us has it 100%.

Ruth & Naomi

  • “Where you go, I’ll go… and there I will be buried.”
  • The closest model of Hesed.


  • No “model” families in the Bible!
  • So we are free to develop hesed.
  • God works in untidy reality!

Biblical Family

  • Old Testament “Father’s house” or clan
  • New Testament “Household”
  • Family is not nuclear but whanau

Matthew 12:46-50

  • Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
  • His followers took precedence

John 19:25

  • Jesus charges John to care for his mother
  • He never lost his obligation to his earthly family

Our job is to expand God’s family

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.


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