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familypsych-page8 - is father you always needed In Gospels...

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Better: the above plus growth groups with parents of same age kids. Support Groups Focus on stage specific problems & issues for that phase – solutions & insights in support group, more marital & multi-stage orientation in larger group setting. New Testament – probably similar to O.T. among Jews. Romanization caused break down in extended family & clan structure. Family used as metaphor for relationship with God, such as “Our Father”. Extended to church = family. Many parent/child metaphors – inheritance, adoption, illegitimacy, etc. Early churches met in homes – in Rome, households could include extended family, slaves, even travelers (see Derek Tidball, Social Content of N. T.) May be poor relationship or no relationship with Dad – so God
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Unformatted text preview: is father you always needed. In Gospels Jesus strengthened the importance of the family emphasizing: [Westfall] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. But Jesus also _______________ the family: Theology of Marriage and Family Marriage is a covenant (Jer. 31:31-32 ) Theological basis of marriage: Covenant is central – similar to God/Israel Involves interdependence and cooperation (bonding) Unconditional love, even in conflict and hardship (vows) Yet we fall short in covenantal relationship due to our fallenness. F. Schaeffer – True Spirituality - (knowing truly, but not exhaustively). Requires grace via forgiveness Four Aspects 1) Commitment vs. legal contract...
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