St Paul's Lutheran - Muskego

Family Church

The Foundation Stone

“On this rock I will build my church.”

Peter had just confessed about Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

That truth is the foundation stone of the Church.

The Next Stone

But what is the next stone Jesus uses to build his church? It is a stone that Satan is trying to pull out of God’s Church. Satan can pull it out because

  • we don’t have time for it,
  • we don’t feel qualified to lead it,
  • we don’t feel connected to it.

The Importance of Family

The Family is the next stone Jesus lays upon the foundation. The family is where faith is most often and most thoroughly passed on. God instructed family leaders, “These commandments I give you today… Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6,7).

But today, the family is under attack.

  • Our schedules declare that work has become more important than family,
  • Parents haven’t learned how to pass on their faith to their children,
  • Families are dysfunctional and many adults don’t feel there is a “family” to which they belong.

The Family Church

We want to help you put that “next stone” back into its place. We want to help moms and dads see their families as the primary church they are called to shepherd. We want to help adults become a part of spiritual families (Life Groups) so they can encourage others and be encouraged.

Included in this program are the following resources available for use personally or in other congregations.

  • Testimonials that show God’s power at work in our families.
  • A message series based on Ephesians to help you see yourself as a Pastor of the Family Church, whether that be the nuclear family or a family of believers in a Life Group.
  • Daily devotions both in booklet form and audio podcasts.
  • Worship helps (Introductory videos, logos and worship planners complete with lessons, hymns, and special introductions to the confession of sins and absolution).

 

"You Made a Place for Me" Download Available!

Mike Westendorf and Alex Bennett just released the theme song for our Family Church message! See a lyric video on YouTube or download it from Noisetrade here to share on social media. Using the Noisetrade will also allow you to give a gift to help cover the cost of production. A direct download of the video and audio is also available.

Testimonials

 

Messages

The Joy of the Family Church

What is the ultimate joy and success of the Family Church? It’s seeing each member of the family grow in faith and ultimately cross the finish line into heaven.

 

Devotional Booklet

Family Church Devotional Booklet

Thank You for Building on the Foundation Stone

“On this rock I will build my church.”

Peter had just confessed about Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” That truth is the foundation stone of the Church and our Family Church effort. Through these daily devotions, written by members of the St. Paul’s family, you are building your faith upon Christ as your Savior. If you are living in a family setting, we encourage you to read these devotions together with the rest of your family.

View the PDF

View the Editable Word Document

Family Church Resources

Below are some of the resources that have been suggested by others here at St. Paul’s.

  • FierceMarriage.com Excellent resources for couples seeking to strengthen their marriage, especially the 31 Day Devotional for Couples.
  • Jesus Calling books by Sarah Young
  • Living on the Edge marriage and parenting resources by Chip Ingram
  • FireproofMyMarriage.com offering the 40 Day Love Dare and resources for couples getting married, just married, or remarried.
  • Marriage is Hard from TimeofGrace.org
  • Little Visits with God is from Concordia Publishing House. Many adults think back with fond memories of this devotional written in 1957. It includes discussion questions, Bible verses, and prayers for children ages 5 -10. A 50 Year Golden Anniversary Edition is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble.
  • Family Time Story Devotions by Eldon Weisheit. Similar to Little Visits with God but they follow a specific family.
  • “Tell Me” Devotion Books: Tell Me the Secrets, Tell Me the Promises, and Tell Me the Story devotions that are a little longer for older kids than the two mentioned above.
  • God’s Word for Boys and God’s Word for Girls Bibles with devotions for ages 8 – 12 from TimeofGrace.org.
  • Daily Devotions from the WELS: Google “WELS Daily Devotions” to be connected to a link to subscribe to daily email devotions produced by our church body, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
  • Time of Grace app provides short daily devotional videos to share with your family and friends.
  • Heartlight.org sends a verse every day, along with a short devotion and prayer.
  • YouVersion Bible app provides multiple reading and devotional plans.