20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
God’s miracle, the tiny baby, evolves into a fully mature human being in approximately twenty one years. It is God’s plan for each of us to be part of a loving family unit. During that period, it is God’s plan that the miracle be protected and guided by a family.
An Awesome Responsibility
For people who do not believe in God, the responsibility for caring for a maturing human for so long can be overwhelming. For those who believe in God, it is fun, exciting, and highly rewarding because they will be aided by other Christians.
In the Christian context, a family can be thought of as the closest circle of love around each individual, providing protection and support. Modern Christian families take many forms. They may involve two parents with children, one parent with children, grand-parents with children, or two adults without children.
Christian Team Formation A team is a group of people with different abilities and functions working together in a coordinated manner toward a common goal. The Apostle Paul used a similar description for the followers of Jesus when he called them the Body of Christ because they all had different abilities, but were supposed to work together in a unified and efficient manner like organs of the human body. (1 Cor. 12)
Why Should a Family Call Itself a Team?
The family gets its power and efficiency from the ability of the members to coordinate their efforts and work in unity. It will encourage the family members to think like a team and gradually become a team. They will respect their individual differences and make a stronger effort to coordinate their activities. They will also be more focused on a goal.
God’s Plan for the Family Team
God’s plan is that all of the members of a family work together in a coordinated manner in such a way that each member of the family leads the best life they can lead, guided by the power of the Holy Ghost; a challenging but worthy goal.
There are two types of leadership:
(1) Pedestal Leadership where one person has total control (e.g.
kings or emperors)
(2) Servant Leadership where the leader teaches by example
and enables the others to also become servant leaders.
Jesus Christ was the ultimate servant leader. He taught his disciples by example and they became servant leaders. • Servant leadership more appropriately fits the team concept.
21st Century Home Management
In the 21st century, husbands and wives, as servant leaders, take turns leading in the areas of their interests and expertise. • Since home management is a team effort it is more efficient for training the children to also become servant leaders and home managers. Everyone is part of the home team.
The Importance of Forgiveness
Forgiveness plays an extremely important role in team sports and in life. Each player in team sports must learn from failures in previous games, but they have to forgive themselves and their teammates so they can do their best in future events. Christ’s death and resurrection makes it possible for all of us to receive forgiveness and start each day anew.
No member of a family, neither a spouse nor a child, should be reminded over and over about their failures. They need to be forgiven and then guided on how to get it right..
Communication is a Vital Part of Teamwork
Everyone on the team has to know and be a part of the plan if the teamwork is to be successful.
The Church’s Guidance to Families Local churches serve as sub-units of world wide Church, God’s Team. As smaller teams they are well designed and have considerable resources to provide spiritual and practical assistance to families. These church teams have team meetings, called worship services to learn God’s plan from the Bible and practice team activities.
Happiness and Gratitude
Happiness and gratitude are intimately related. Happy family members love each other and continually thank God for their teammates.
Life in a Rapidly Changing World
Happy and productive Christian family teams today will help produce a well functioning church.
Create happy family teams! Together we create the happy church family. We are glad you are part of the Solid Rock family!