Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 8 July 2018
Strengthening Your Family
For the month of July, our focus is on the family. Not only the physical family but also our spiritual family as we are part of God's family.
A young professional was suffering from brain cancer and his condition became quite critical. Doctors mentioned to his family that there was no hope for him, and his family started to pray for him. They were a Christian family, but as teenagers they had stopped going to church. Many people came to hospital to pray for him. His parents wanted to know what they could do for him. He answered with a whisper, “Father, can you bring all my certificates from my courses, degrees from university, achievements etc.” His parents went back home and returned with all the things he had requested and handed them to him. He happily received all the certificates and thanked his parents, saying that they were the reason that he got all the certificates and degrees. But the parents kept asking what did he need? Then he asked about his siblings, but they were away. Then the last thing he mentioned was, why was he never taught the Bible, because during his stay, many pastors came to share the Word of God, about redemption and healing. His parents cried and he said that his last wish was to teach and share the Word of God to his siblings. His parents then repented and promised to share the Word of God to their family.
This month's theme is 'family' because God cares about the family – both physical family and spiritual family. God designed the family. We have the responsibility to raise healthy and happy families. If we do not tell our parents or kids about the grace of God, one day our family will question why didn’t we invite them to church. We cannot only pray for our family but we need to take action, e.g. invite them to church.
The Devil attacks families but God protects the family.
1. God's vision for your family: Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Peter 3:17
o For the man to have authority. Authority means to be in control, and having power to do things.
o God created a suitable helper for Adam, and she was called a woman and they were joined together to become one flesh.
Pastor Djohan grew up in a big family. His father used to tell his children Bible stories and prayed together with the family. When he went to be with the Lord, Pastor Djohan was deeply grieved. He felt that he lost someone who prayed with him. Now the baton had been passed on to Pastor Djohan who told his children that his grandfather used to pray together with the family. He reminded his children the importance of praying together as a family and to approach their father whenever they had problems because their father was their mentor.
God wants us to strengthen our family ties. If we give the Devil a chance, he will surely attack the family.
2. God's plan for the family has been polluted by Satan.
a. Sin pollutes relationships.
i. Temptation can destroy relationships if one falls into it.
ii. Remember that the wages of sin is death.
If we fall into sin, we tend to be ashamed and hide. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they were ashamed and hid from God.
b. Sin breaks communion (fear destroys communion).
c. Sin destroys intimacy – they started to blame one another.
In life, when people start to quarrel and blame one another, it is impossible to become intimate because there is no trust. At this moment, God came with a solution for us – God restores us.
3. God's part
Only the blood of Jesus can sanctify us from our sin. God restored the authority of Adam. In the name of Jesus, we can do many things. We are all saved by the name of Jesus, and Satan does not have authority anymore. There is power and authority in the name of Jesus. Amen!