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Relatively Speaking

Oct 16 2011 • Greg Boyd

What does God say about our relationships and family? Our Relatively Speaking series explores the relationships that make up our lives. We all face challenges relating to one another, no matter what “relative” situation we find ourselves in. Single? Dating? Married? Divorced? Kids? No kids? Love your parents? Can’t stand them? Relatively Speaking covers Kingdom principles that we can all put into use. DOWNLOAD WEEKLY STUDY GUIDES

Sermons in this series:

Abba and Abasi

• Greg Boyd

It takes a community to raise a child. Yet, in our modern world, we've set the standard that parenting should only be done by the biological parents. This separation of family from community is a tactic of the devil. In this sermon, Greg gives some principles of parenting in today's world.

Topics: Community, Family, Parenting

When Marriages Go Bad

• Greg Boyd

Divorce happens. In this sermon, Greg speaks on when marriages go wrong. With divorce rates nearly the same inside as outside of the church, it is important to have a Kingdom understanding of divorce and remarriage, and how to answer the question: “When is it ok to divorce?"

Topics: Controversial Issues, Divorce, Marriage

Reverse The Curse

• Greg Boyd

Marriage is a complicated endeavor. Whether we have allegiances to certain models of doing marriage or we follow in our parents footsteps, we all do marriage differently. In week 5 of the relatively speaking sermon series, we will learn about what the Bible says about marriage, and we'll hear what Greg has to say about beautiful submission to one another.

Topics: Controversial Issues, Family, Marriage

Say Yes to Arranged Marriages

• Christena Cleveland, Greg Boyd

In ancient times, fathers would arrange marriages for their sons and daughters. In modern times, it is the individuals who broker their own marriage deals. We live in a consumerist dating era where people can pick their own mate. In this sermon, Greg and Christina Cleveland give a few guiding principles on how to date in the modern world, and they also give insight into who should really be brokering our marriage deals.

Topics: Family, Love, Marriage

Solo Mojo

• Greg Boyd

Singleness is a topic that isn't discussed very often. In this sermon, Greg talks about the stigma that is attached to single people, especially in churches. He also brings to light how the early church viewed singleness and provides three implications of being single in today's world.

Topics: Community, Relationships

Honoring Your Mom, Dad and Your Father

• Greg Boyd

Honoring your father and mother is an ancient command found in nearly every religion. Yet, families vary from person to person, and it can be difficult to honor some parents. In this sermon, Greg talks about how to honor your parents by forgiving them and assessing the reality of the relationship. By doing these two things, people can honor their parents in healthy ways.

Topics: Family, Forgiveness, Parenting, Relationships

A Family Affair

• Greg Boyd

We’ve all dealt with issues in our families. In this sermon, Greg sets up the framework of understanding biblical family. This framework will help us understand how God wants us to relate to our families over the next five weeks of study. This sermon will make you go “hmmm”.

Topics: Community, Family, Identity in Christ, Relationships


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