Family Secrets

Family-Portrait-ThumbnailThis weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Family Portrait,” with a message entitled “Family Secrets.”

My message was a reflection on the life of Jacob, culminating in his wrestling match with the angel of the Lord in Genesis 32:22-32. My main point in the message is that we need to face into our family secrets, brokenness, and sin so that we can move into redemptive freedom by God’s power.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. The message outline is included below:

Jacob’s Story (Genesis 25-31)

  • His parents & his grandparents
  • His birth & his brother
  • His wives and his father-in-law
  • His approach to life

Dealing with Family Secrets

Confront Our Secrets (Genesis 32:1-8)

1. Seize the opportunity in our circumstances

2. Evaluate the reality of our relationships

Talk with God (Genesis 32:9-12)

3. Approach God with humble boldness in prayer

4. Express our dependence upon God

Prepare for people (Genesis 32:13-21)

5. Make a plan for what we will face

6. Consider reparations we must offer to make things right

Wrestle with God (Genesis 32:22-32)

7. Do not give up on God’s blessing

8. Own who we are (and who we’re not)

Face up to people (Genesis 33:1-17)

9. Approach others with humble boldness when facing secrets

10. Apply the power of forgiveness in tangible ways

11. Make decisions that honor God and bring life

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