Jubilee Culture: Family
As Jubilee Church, we’ve thought hard about our values. They speak of who we are, and what we hope to be. One of our values is Family. Our definition of this is that church is a supernatural super-family tied by something thicker than blood. Forgiving mistakes, celebrating victories. Growing up into the likeness of our Father. Jubilee is not a club – we’re a family.
Recently Tom talked about Family and what it looks like at Jubilee. He started by looking at Mark 10:17-31 and particularly at the words Jesus spoke to the rich man. Tom posed this question to us: ‘What have you left behind or what do you still need to leave behind to follow Jesus?’
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Tom described how at Jubilee we are building a culture of family where people are finding spiritual brothers and sisters, spiritual mothers and fathers. He referred to Rob’s talk on relational purity and how we treat each other.
1 Timothy 5:1-2 ‘Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.’ (ESV)
Tom pointed out that whilst talking about family he had also been talking about honour – another of Jubilee’s values.
He finished by showing a video of a Jenn Johnson song from Bethel. It is a song she wrote when she saw a black homeless man and felt helpless in that moment of what she could do for him from her position of someone hurrying to pick up her children from school, to express her heart towards him, that she was for him. She found all she could do was ’look him in the eyes and smile and be love and let God do what he could do best’.
Tom concluded: ‘On hearing this song and testimony God really spoke to me again about the line in the passage. People will have left things behind, – let me be love, let me honour, let them see Jesus in my eyes as I look at them and love them.’