How Do You Make a Family Mission Statement?

How Do You Make a Family Mission Statement?

2 ways to seek cultural change

  1. Top-Down – elections, politicians, laws, pressure
  2. In-Out – new nature, heart, desires, power

-Generations of lip-service but not lifestyle = Lukewarm

The men gather to form a mission statement minority countercultural subculture

1).Men (10:1-27)

-Nehemiah, other leaders, priests/pastors, 44 prominent extended families, all

-HUGE encouragement A. Wives B. Kids

2). Mission – statement e.g. nation founding docs, sports rulebook

3). Minority – countercultural subculture

4:Meahing: School of Pub. Health – Higher Purpose = Longer Life (21% lower mortality)

#1. We will obey Scripture (Nehemiah 10:29)

“enter into a curse & an oath to walk in God’s Law that was given by Moses…& to observe & do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord & his rules and his statutes.”

  1. To have unity requires everyone is under the same authority
  2. Jesus’ Lordship extends to all of life (not sacred/secular)

Back to the Bible 400k ppl survey. 3X & less week Bible = little change. 4+ X week

407% more likely to memorize Scripture

228% more likely to share faith with others

59% less likely to view pornography

30% less likely to struggle with loneliness

#2. We will lead our families (Nehemiah 10:1-29)

“join with their brothers”

10:1-27 list of names of heads of households publicly vowing

If the husband does not lovingly lead here’s the options:

  1. A battle
  2. Strongest personality dominates
  3. Everyone works around the least healthy family member
  4. Eventually, Satan takes over the family & everyone suffers

=Good men form a fraternity to build one another up to bless women & children

#3. We will worship our God (Nehemiah 10:1-39)

  1. Bible teacher – Ezra – 6 hour sermon, 1 week Bible/worship conference
  2. Church staff – “priests & Levites”
  3. Worship leaders – “singers”
  4. Group Leaders – “gatekeepers”

-Why men not worship in church?

-? MEN – own their faith & lead their family in worship? Brad. Wilcox. SONS/DAUG

#4. We will only marry believers (Nehemiah 10:30)

“We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons.”

2 MOST important decisions

  1. Your God
  2. Your Spouse

Lowest divorce rate & highest marital satisfaction = 2 active believers

Highest divorce rate & lowest marital satisfaction – 2 active diff’t religions

=Kids in a divided house – confused, spiritual warfare, divided

#5. We will conduct business ethically (Nehemiah 10:31)

if the peoples of the land bring in goods or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on a holy day.

  • Sabbath is a grace not a law (breathe out vs in)
  • You can work 6 days a week w/God’s blessing, or 7 days a week w/o God’s blessing

= Witness

#6. We will give generously (10:32-38)

We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits…to the house of the LORD


  1. Most people are funding darkness, and God’s people fund the light
  2. Acts 20:35 “Jesus…said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”


  1. Christianity has a pay it forward plan

= e.g. 2 days 3600 people

#7. We will make church a priority (Nehemiah 10:35)

We will not neglect the house of our God.

  • True revival inside out = crime & social unrest DOWN, peace & prosperity up


  • If Church is last, it will never happen (sports, tire, hobbies, distractions)
  • This is a good time of year to make your personal/family mission statement.
  1. Write it down
  2. Share it for accountability


  1. Remnant & Revival
  2. Missionary (Real Faith) vs Monastery (Trinity)
  3. Invite people into a diff’t culture

Real Men photo

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Mark Driscoll
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