RIP series

R.I.P.? – God’s Design for Romance, Passion & Intimacy

March 1 – 29, 2020


At Family Church, we advocate for God’s design for marriage – one man and one woman for life. We know that not everyone can or will achieve this ideal. We know that there are a lot of people who are single and single again. We know some people are single and looking and others are good with being single for life. We also know that a lot of people are married again or even married again and again. We have all kinds of people from all walks of life but that doesn’t mean we’re going to ignore God’s design for marriage and the romance, intimacy, and passion that go with it. Some may say it is dead, but we believe God’s kind of true love still exists. It is a love that chooses to wait for its time. And it is a love that can last forever.

We’re going to spend the next five weeks studying the Song of Solomon – a book dedicated to elevating our view of attraction, romance, relationship, intimacy, and covenant commitment. In a world where intimacy has been devalued and reduced to the act of swiping left or swiping right, God’s Word elevates our view of sexual intimacy. We’ll see how it’s the exclusivity of our marriage relationships that allows us to experience true intimacy.

While the world around us sells and celebrates counterfeits; we want to put God’s elevated view of faithfulness and commitment on display. God’s Word is clear – Christian marriage is a human representation of the marriage of Christ to His bride, which is the church. God’s love for us is that of a faithful husband who is passionate about us and who relentlessly pursues us. Our faithfulness to one another is a reflection of His faithfulness to us. We want people to believe that romance, intimacy, and passion are possible, realistic, and exciting.

Key Resources:

DateScriptureBig Idea
March 1, 2020Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7Elevating attraction
March 8, 2020Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5Elevating romance & relationship
March 15, 2020Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1Elevating covenant & intimacy
March 22, 2020Song of Solomon 5:2-6:13Elevating conflict & reconciliation
March 29, 2020Song of Solomon 7:1-8:14Elevating faithfulness & commitment

Past Sermon Series Resources

RP Worth the Risk


February 2 – 23, 2020


One of the best Bible stories about risk is the story of Esther. Esther was a young Jewish girl growing up in Susa, the capital city of the Persian Empire, which encompassed 44% of the world’s population. Esther was a cultural, religious, and ethnic minority and she was an orphan. Esther had a lot working against her. Then in unlikely series of events Esther became the Queen of Persia. This may sound like a rags-to-riches story but actually, it was not. If what happened to Esther happened in our day, we might say she was sex trafficked. This was not a good situation for Esther. Yet God used the situation and God used Esther to do something miraculous.

The King of Persia had issued a decree that he was going to slaughter all of the Jews all over the world. He was going to put an end to the Jewish race in one day. The only person in a position to make a difference in the whole Persian Empire was Esther. Her cousin, Mordecai, told her that she had to ask the king to do something different. He said to her, “If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) It was Esther's moment. It was her time to take a risk. She took the risk and God made it worth the risk. God used her to save the Jewish people.

We will use the story of Esther to talk about the risks that God wants us to take as individuals and as a church. We are joining God in His relentless pursuit of every person in every neighborhood in South Florida. He wants to use us to pull people in, lift people up, and bring them home to be a part of God’s family. It requires risk. But we believe that if we will take the risk, God will make it worth the risk.

Key resource:

DateScriptureBig Idea
2/2/20Vision Day SermonIf we will take the risk, God will make it worth the risk.
2/9/20Esther 1:1-2:18God uses unlikely people.
2/16/20Esther 3:1-15; 4:1, 3, 8, 11-14Opposition and opportunity
2/23/20Esther 4:14-5:8; 8:17Risk, faith, and future


Worth The Risk

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

January 5 – 26, 2020


When God created you, He started a project of building happiness into your life. He is a good God who wants to share His goodness with us. The best times in life are full of excitement, fun, togetherness, laughter, and love. Every once in a while, you hear a Christian say that God did not call us to be happy; He called us to be holy. Some sincere person might suggest that you do not need happiness; you need joy. We are in favor of holiness and we are in favor of joy, but we do believe that God wants His children to be the right kind of happy.

In this series, we are going to talk about discovering a reasonable and genuine sense of happiness that comes from God. It is the kind of happiness that helps us rise above difficult circumstances. We are going to offer a definition of happiness the includes all of the good and all of the bad.

God’s Word tells us how to grab a hold of settled happiness that is rich and deep and durable. True happiness is not blown away by the storms of life. It will not be drowned by depths of despair. It will not be crowded out by the cares of this world.

We believe that God wants us to get in on His happiness project. This is why we are going to talk about how to build happiness into our lives through gratitude to God, by putting others first, by being in community, and by embracing the reality that permanent happiness is found in knowing that we will one day live happily ever after with God.

Key resource:

Articles on Happiness

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DateScriptureBig Idea
1/5/20Psalm 16:1-11Finding happiness in gratitude to God
1/12/20Philippians 2:1-11Pursuing happiness by putting others first
1/19/20Psalm 1:1-6Cultivating happiness in biblical community

Christmas AT Family Church

Christmas at Family Church

December 1 – 22, 2019


Christmas is a time when everyone we know is busy shopping, going out to eat, and attending Christmas parties. They engage in all of the activity, but they have never put it all together. They are celebrating Christmas, but they don’t tie Christmas to its true meaning. They don’t even know that Christmas is about God meeting the deepest need of their hearts. This Christmas at Family Church we’re going to study some stories from the book of Luke and learn about the people who did put it all together. They take the Scriptures, the work of the Spirit, what is happening in their lives, to see Jesus for who He really is. They choose to make Jesus the focal point of their lives. These are the kind of people we want to be.

At Family Church, we like to celebrate a season of Advent as we look toward Christmas. The word Advent literally means “coming” or “arrival.” It commemorates the time the wait ended for the Jewish people who were anticipating the arrival of their Messiah. It also looks forward to the day our wait will end when Jesus comes again to finish the work He started.

As we celebrate Advent, we will celebrate the gifts that Jesus actually brings us when He arrives – hope, peace, joy, and love. These are the gifts that God has given us through the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.

Key resources:

Other resources:

DateScriptureBig Idea
12/01/19Luke 2:22-38Hope - Simeon & Anna put it all together.
12/08/19Luke 1:5-25; 3:1-9;
John 1:29-34
Peace - Zechariah, Elizabeth & John the Baptist put it all together.
12/15/19Luke 1:26-38, 46-47;
John 19:25-27
Joy - Mary put it all together.
12/22/19Luke 2:1-20Love - Angels and shepherds put it all together.

Songs For The King Sermon Series

Songs For The KIng


Music is a powerful tool. It is a powerful tool when we experience painful things and it is a powerful tool when we want to celebrate. It feels good to anticipate and celebrate our victories. It feels even better to anticipate and celebrate the victories of our God. As we continue to look at the list of God’s greatest hits recorded for us in the book of Psalms, we are going to shift our focus to the Messianic Psalms. These Psalms repeatedly point to God’s character – His lovingkindness and longsuffering. His love that endures forever. They declare the glory of God through His creation and the joy we experience when we know Him. He is our rock and our fortress. He is our deliverer. He is our redeemer, our judge and our advocate. He fights for us, and He has never lost a battle.

The Psalms were written 1,000 years before Jesus walked on this earth, lived a perfect life, died the death we deserve on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead. They anticipated a time when a conquering king would come and defeat all of Israel’s enemies once and for all. The songs we sing today look back on all that Jesus has already done – He is our conquering King.

We are entering a traditionally busy season. The holidays are coming. The family will be visiting. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is right around the corner. These Psalms will help us take our focus off of all the worries and cares of this world. These Psalms will help us turn our minds and hearts toward Jesus – our soon and coming King.

Key resources:

Other resources:

DateScriptureBig Idea
11/3/19Psalm 2Our King is an unrivaled warrior.
11/10/19Psalm 22Our King is a magnetic redeemer.
11/17/19Psalm 75Our King is a fierce arbiter.
11/24/19Psalm 110Our king is the priestly advocate.

songs for the pain


October 6-27, 2019

There’s something about music that resonates with all of us – especially when it comes to dealing with the most difficult and painful parts of our lives. Musicians have been putting words to our pain for as long as any of us can remember. Songs have a way of easing the burdens we carry. When people are sad, they turn to music. The Psalms have been the hymn book for God’s people throughout the centuries.

Psalms is a collection of 150 of God’s greatest hits with all kinds of situations in mind. The Psalms are so powerful because they are God’s people expressing back to Him in very real and raw terms how they are feeling. They give us permission to lament and mourn. There is a Psalm for all of life’s hurts. We will look at songs for the pain of depression, loss, betrayal, and confession. Our goal is to learn to turn to the Psalms to put our emotions in order. The Psalmists always teach us that our real-life emotions – especially the painful ones – are meant to direct us to the Lord. They remind us that our hope is in God alone and not in some other fix.

The Psalms remind us that God is our refuge and our strength – a very present help in times of trouble. He is our protector and our avenger. He deals with our enemies in ways that we never could. And He never gives up on us. God is in this with us and we are in this together.

Key resources:

Other resources:

Series Schedule

DateScriptureBig Idea
10/06/19Psalm 42Pain of depression
10/13/19Psalm 6Pain of loss
10/20/19Psalm 3Pain of betrayal
10/27/19Psalm 51Pain of confession

Groups/Classes Currently Offered at
Family Church


1101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach 33401
  • Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past
    Wednesdays | 6:30 pm
  • GriefShare
    Wednesdays | 6:30 pm
  • Breaking through the Pain: When the Pain of Life Isn’t Fair
    Sundays | 11:00 am
  • DivorceCare
    Sundays | 9:00 am
  • Core Healing from Trauma Workshop
    October 26 | 1:30 pm
  • GriefShare Surviving the Holidays Seminar
    November 20 | 6:30 pm


4901 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens 33418
    • Life Recovery: A Biblical Guide Through the 12 Steps
      Wednesdays | 6:30 pm
    • Boundaries (Recovery)
      Thursdays | 7:00 pm
    • Exploring Today’s Struggles
      Sundays | 11:15 am
    • Surviving Infertility
      Every other Wednesday | 7:30 pm
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    • Be Anxious for Nothing (Women)
      Wednesdays | 6:30 pm
    • Grief Share Surviving the Holidays Seminar
      November 17 | 12:30 pm


8657 Lantana Road, Lake Worth 33467
    • Stronger: Single Moms Groups
      Wednesdays | 5:00 pm


3600 Village Boulevard, West Palm Beach 33407
      • Esther: Trusting God When He Seems Silent (Women)
        Wednesdays | 6:30 pm


8401 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach 33411
      • Grace for the Pain
        Sundays | 9:00 am

Palm Beach County Christian Counselors

BOCA RATON(561) 218-1798
Spanish River Counseling(561) 241-9014
Lexie Bell, MS, LMHC(561) 600-8764
Gateway Counseling Center
Dr. John Hawkins and team
(561) 332-1818
Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC, CCTP,
(561) 620-0089
Dr. John Abuso, LMFT(561) 602-8939
Dr. J. Michael Atwater,
(561) 694-1887
Nathan J. Oliver, LMHC
Amy Oliver, LMFT
(561) 622-1107
Leslie R. Smith, LMHC(561) 628-3916
Julie Harren Hamilton (561) 312-7041
Paige Fant, LCSW, MCAP, ICADC(561) 324-8346
Connie Ingram, LMHC(561) 792-9242
Danielle Roginski, LCSW(561) 779-6711
Karen Brown, LMFT(561) 644-7134

Fighting the Darkness with the Light…

By Angel Turbeville

***Note: I originally wrote this post in 2014.  It was in response to a series of losses we experienced at the church I was ministering at.  Over the past 5 years, I can say that I am in a much better place, but I struggled for years.  God is faithful. I am re-posting as a resource to our current sermon series.****

As I look around at the world we live in, some days it feels like it is totally falling apart. One of the most devastating losses is death due to suicide. Can there be enough hope to break through to those souls struggling to hold onto life itself? I believe there is. I think the church needs to understand a little more, and I hope taking my mask off might help.

Depression and the overwhelming darkness and despair that it brings strikes those who claim their salvation in God, just as hard, maybe even harder, as those who do not profess faith in Christ. I know that many in the church want to help, but they do not understand the complexity of how to be in transformational community with those who battle depression.

Here’s my take from a heart that knows:

In many ways, I believe the battlefield of the physical darkness of the mind, is compounded for the Christian. Satan knows that if he can make us lose hope, we are rendered powerless from God’s kingdom. Depression is not foreign to me. I have watched many I love battle and even more devastating, stop fighting. I battle. I am a believer. I KNOW Christ. I know His love. I know the power of the cross. I minister to others. I share His hope. I speak truth even on the days when my heart is dark with despair. In the past, I’ve battled waves of anxiety and panic attacks. Thankfully, those have lessened. Because of the devastating depth of how broken my heart is, my past has even included begging God to take me to heaven. I’ve let a few close to me know the level of my pain, but for the most part, I’ve painted on the face I know I’m supposed to have and soldier on. Healing has occurred, but I still have days/weeks of struggles. In those times, eventually God’s light does break through. I’ll go from a heavy cloud of oppression to a realization of the hope that is at work within me. However, despite my constant prayer, God has not totally healed me.

God, in His gentle sovereign way, has taught me how to fight this darkness. I have taken practical steps—I have been in counseling for six years. I have tried medication, but unfortunately for me, aside from helping me through crisis points, this has not been a good ongoing solution. I know the battle is easier if I manage my diet, exercise and sleep. I try to do that.

Spiritual transformation happens in the light of community....

The few who know my battle are the dear friends who consistently love me through the dark. In the past couple of years the most healing has happened because of those within the church that I have been able to trust. They are the ones who persist. They know my patterns. They recognize when I am going into hiding or not being honest about my heart. They call me out. They sit in the despair with me and pray. They check in with me, text me verses, email me and are not afraid of my dark. Some of them have their own struggle and those who know deep pain have been able to penetrate to places that others can’t. However, the friends that most amaze me are those who don’t share this or a similar battle, but still schlep into the dark completely relying on God to navigate the right words or actions. What are some practical actions you can take if you have people in your life who are battling depression, or for that matter, any pain that you have no idea how to relate to?

1. Be There

Be a consistent presence in their lives. This does not mean lecturing them on how to change their thoughts or refocusing them on “positive” thinking. It does mean pointing them to Scripture that affirms the despair of their hearts. Wrestling through where they are with God and praying with them and for them. My deepest “knowing God” moments have been the times when I have been able to apply the truth of His character to the depravity of my heart.

2. Persevere

In the worst times of despair, we disconnect. The pain drives us into hiding because “no one understands.” We believe many lies including that we are “totally alone” and “no one cares.” Even as believers, these thought patterns creep in. Outside of crisis points, have honest conversations to find out what is helpful when this level of despair hits. Open yourself up to be available via text or phone—anytime day or night. Does this level of care scare you? It shouldn’t. For the believer who is truly battling and seeking God’s work of redemption in their lives, this will not turn into co-dependence. It will be a mark of authentic community and the bearing up of one another’s burdens.

3. Be willing to ask the hard questions

Understand specifically the trigger points that ignite moments of despair. For those you are in close community with, make sure they are keeping safeguards in place to manage their reactions.

4. Affirm and love

At our deepest levels, God created us for intimate relationship. We need to be free to let go of shame and be embraced by love. Shame comes with this struggle. Satan is whispering the lies of “where is your God right now?”, “you are serving Him and ministering to others, look at the fraud you are right now” and any other lie he can think of in attempt to disable God’s redemptive work. Do not add to the shame with a spirit of condemnation. Identify the lies and answer them with Truth from God’s Word.

5. Pray and rely on the Holy Spirit

Those who deeply struggle with depression and mental illness have needs and thirsts that are insatiable. We can only be redeemed through His Living Water. Our community must be built with those who will not retreat in hurt, but will strive to understand and love through the power of the cross.

6. Recognize when practical help is needed in addition to spiritual

For those who battle this deeply, there is a need for professional counseling and other resources. However, even in those cases, the five points above STILL apply. A counselor is not community for the Christian. The body of Christ MUST take steps to understand how to engage with one another so that we are living the Gospel victoriously. 1 Thessalonians 5 is a beautiful picture of what the church should be doing. We need to realize that we have not been lost in the darkness of this world, and we need to encourage each other to live as children of light. In vs. 14 the command is given to comfort the “feebleminded”. The word actually means “small-souled” and in context indicates one who is despondent. Are we in close enough community with each other to know the size of our souls?

Are our lives prioritized around our agendas or knowing and loving others in a way that is transformational and exhibits a taste of the love we have received through Christ on the cross. Let’s get there. Let’s be patient, know each other at the soul-level, and love deeply as Christ has loved us. Simple statements that call for bold living.

Come To The Table Sermon Series


September 8 – 29

What does hospitality look like? Hospitality is not an event; it’s an attitude. It looks different for everyone. The central theme of this series centers on evangelism motivated by the need to connect through hospitality. It is about meeting people where they are and inviting them into your life to come to the table.

This sermon series is about how Jesus often used meals to care for people, to connect with people, to listen to them, to serve them, and ultimately, to be in a relationship with them. Jesus uses meals as relationship equalizers and relationship accelerators. We want to be like Jesus. We want to reach out to the people we meet at work, at school, at the gym, at the ballpark, and in our neighborhoods. We want to invite them to come to the table… the table at the coffee shop… at the restaurant… in the break room… and, most importantly, to the table in our own home. At the table is where we can build friendships and accelerate relationships. It’s where we can turn everyday conversations into gospel conversations.

We are asking Family Church people to make it a point this Fall to invite at least one person to our table. We’re challenging you to pray for that one person you know who needs Jesus. Identify your one. Initiate a social event with your one. Invite your one to your home for a meal. Have a gospel conversation with your one. Invite your one to church. Be intentional about building at least one relationship because you care and because you want to connect that person to Jesus. Let’s come to the table and bring one to the table.

Key resources:

Other resources:


DateScriptureBig Idea
09/08/19Mark 6:30-44Care
09/15/19Matthew 9:9-13Connect
09/22/19Luke 10:38-42Listen & Learn
09/29/19John 13:1-20Serve & Share


Summer on the Mount

June 2, 2019 – August 25, 2019

This summer we are going to go through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We are calling it our Summer on the Mount. This one sermon contains the upside-down teachings of Jesus. This is Jesus’s longest recorded sermon and scholars think that it was His go-to sermon. He preached it repeatedly in different places and at different times. In it, Jesus takes all the teaching of the Old Testament and reimagines and reinterprets it framing it into what Matthew calls the “kingdom of heaven.” He starts by saying that the way up is down. He says believers are most satisfied when we are poor, sad, meek, hungry and persecuted for His name sake. Jesus also turns religion upside down. Religious people always think that God wants them to follow all the rules and look really good on the outside. They are always more concerned about outward appearances. Jesus says it is less about what we do on the outside and more about what is going on in the inside. Jesus turns all of our common-sense ways of living upside down. It is counterintuitive and countercultural living. It is influence, wealth, security, intolerance, entitlement and self-image all turned upside down. This sermon summarizes all the ways Jesus wants us to live out kingdom values here on earth. He says it best in His model prayer – “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Believers in Jesus are here on this earth to do what Jesus would do if He were physically present. We are kingdom outposts in the places we live, work and play. We are called to be salt and light. We are called to let our shine before others so that they can see what God is really like. By opening up to others, we can help others open up to God. This is what our Summer on the Mount is all about.

Key resources:

  • The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John Stott
  • Sermon the Mount: Story of God Commentary by Scot McKnight
  • Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by MLJ
  • Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount by DA Carson
  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • The Sermon on the Mount & Human Flourishing by Jonathan Pennington
  • Matthew: A Commentary by Frederick Dale Bruner

Other resources for the church:

  • Life in the Spirit by Mark Sayers
  • Crucifying Morality by RW Glenn

DateScriptureBig Idea
06/02/19Matthew 5:1-12Happiness turned upside down
06/09/19 Matthew 5:17-30; 33- 48Religion turned upside down
06/23/19Matthew 5:31-32Vows turned upside down
06/30/19Matthew 6:1-18Godliness turned upside down
07/07/19Matthew 6:19-24Wealth turned upside down
07/14/19Matthew 6:25-34Security turned upside down
07/21/19Matthew 7:1-6Intolerance turned upside down
07/28/19Matthew 7:7-11Prayer turned upside down
08/04/19Matthew 7:12-14Entitlement turned upside down
08/11/19Matthew 7:15-20Religious leadership turned upside down
08/18/19Matthew 7:21-23Image turned upside down
08/25/19Matthew 7:24-27Trouble turned upside down

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