7 Parts | By: David Hughes, Ed Young
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At 10:03, this Family Octagon themed countdown clock is used to communicate the planned start time of the service for the series "Family Octagon" to the audience.
This message opener was created to promote Ed Young's series "Family Octagon."
*Includes a Short and Long Version
Pre-Fight Weigh In
September 8, 2013
Every fighter knows that the battle begins long before entering the octagon. They also know that one of the toughest parts of any fight is the pre-fight weigh in - often just hours before the fight. Fighters work tirelessly to trim the fat and sculpt themselves to make weight.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young helps families with their own pre-fight weigh in. He takes a look at the plan God has set in place and gives us a training regimen to help us cut the fat and make weight so we are ready when it's time to enter the family octagon!
Illus: Man, I’m excited, too, to hear about Family Octagon. Just a couple of days ago I was talking to a friend of mine and during the conversation he said,
“I want to give you a compliment.” Now, we all like to receive compliments. It’s kinda funny when people say, “You know, I really like you and you’re great, but…” “You’re the man, but…” “You’re an awesome lady, but…” Whenever someone says ‘but’ you know everything they said before that doesn’t mean jack. But this guy just said, “I want to give you a compliment.” He said,
“You know, Ed, Fellowship Church is impressive with the campuses and what God has done, and I know that you and your wife have written a lot of books and that’s really something, but no doubt the greatest thing about you has gotta be your four kids.” When I heard that it kinda brought a tear to my eye because first of all, I thank God and his grace. Secondly, I married WAY over my head and those of you who are laughing know Lisa. You’re like, “yeah, he did. I don't know how he got her but he did.” And then, I thought about Fellowship Church. Because Lisa and I have unashamedly partnered with Fellowship Church to have the kind of kids that we have. We partnered from the time they were preschoolers on up until now. Our twins are 19, our son is 21, and LeeBeth is 26. I’d be lying to you, though, if I said the family situation is an easy one. I’d be lying to you if I said our family has got it together. We’re perfect, blah-blah-blah. Because we’re not. We’re imperfect. We’re messy. However, we have a fantastic family.
The Main Event
September 15, 2013
Any fighter knows that to fight and win, he or she must be trained to take on their opponent. They must have a strategy in place. And they’ve got to be prepared for the opening bell of the main event.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young opens the pages of Scripture to help us train for our opponent and discover God’s strategy for the fight of our lives. Then, when we step into the family octagon, we’re prepared for the main event!
Good morning! I want to welcome everyone to Fellowship Church. All of our different environments, different places. How are you guys doing? Welcome, welcome, welcome. Today we’re talking about the Family Octagon. The family is the ultimate fight because we’re fighting for the ultimate. So before we get into this let me have a word of prayer.
God, every single person here hearing my voice is a member of a family. We have sons, daughters, grandparents, uncles, spouses, single parents, those who are going through divorce. Speak to our hearts, God, at our deepest point of need. No one is here by accident. We’re here for a reason. We ask all these things in Christ’s name. Amen.
When you walked into all of our environments you received a pre-fight weigh-in. Do you have a pre-fight weigh-in? It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, it doesn’t matter if you’re a single, doesn’t matter if you’ve been married with 17 kids, take this pre-fight weigh-in test out. Now last time we took the test and we talked about some of these questions. Hopefully you can take the test very, very rapidly and when you do you can fill out your score. For example if you scored perfectly, if you aced the test, you got a 24. If you did pretty well, I mean OK, mediocre, you scored about a 16. Now if you got an 8 or less (that’s impossible), between an 8-16 you need some improvement. Again, it doesn’t matter what stage or age you are this test is for you. If you’re a kid and you’re like, “I can’t take this test.” Think about your parents, think about your family. Maybe you’re a single parent and you’re not sure. Think about what you want your family to look like.
Technique is Key
September 22, 2013
Discipline is traditionally one of the biggest battles families face in the octagon. It's often the final round, the deciding factor in the battle. It's also something God wants everyone to fully understand and embrace.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at eight practical and tangible discipline techniques that can change the dynamic of our families today. And we discover that by employing these techniques, our family can emerge victorious from the family octagon!
Illus: Well, I was a little kid, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade. We grew up in the Carolinas and our neighbor had this beautiful birdbath. I would watch that birdbath regularly and see birds drink out of the birdbath and you know, it was kinda like, whatever. One day I just thought, what would it be like to turn that birdbath over? I mean, why would I think that? Why would I have that desire? I really wanna turn my neighbor’s birdbath over. So I began to look around and I didn’t think my neighbor was home. And I had a friend with me, Robert, and Robert had a hip problem. So he was on crutches and he would hobble around with me. So I walked up to it and I said,
“Robert, I’m gonna turn this birdbath over.” He goes,
“Man, you’re crazy.” I said,
“I’m gonna do it.” So I tried to push it and this thing was heavy. I said,
“Robert! Help me!” So Robert… and both of us, we turned this birdbath, this birdfeeder giant thing, over. It exploded into squillions of pieces. Well, when I saw that I turned and ran home and Robert,
“Ed, wait! Wait, Ed, wait!” When I got home my mother was like,
“Ed, did you turn over Mrs. Johnson’s birdfeeder and break it?”
8 Sides of the Octagon
October 6, 2013
In order to be complete, an octagon needs eight sides. If any one of those sides is missing, the structure will not stand up to the rigors it faces.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at the eight sides of discipline from God’s perspective. And when parents (and children) understand and implement all eight, they discover a structure that can stand up to any fight the family faces.
Love, fight, win. Those are the three big rounds we’ve been talking about when it comes to UFC. Love is the fuel from God, we discovered, for the fight, the family fight. Because remember, we’re fighting for the ultimate. God’s goal and his agenda for all of our lives is for us to win. Isn’t that good? Love, fight, win.
When you’re talking about those three big overriding issues you have to talk about discipline. Because God is a God of discipline. The Bible says that God disciplines those he loves. True love, I’m talking about the real deal, always has discipline as a part of it. and discipline is about true love. The Bible says that God disciplines you and me. It’s not always fun, yet he does it because he has our best interests in mind. Discipline is both dynamic and also difficult.
I was thinking to myself, OK how can we really empower kids and how can we empower parents to understand the beauty of discipline? Because when you talk about discipline it kinda sounds negative. But it’s not really. It’s really incredible. Then I thought about my skills as a rapper. You know, I’m a frustrated hip-hop artist. I rap Caucasianally. So I got together this week with some of our team and we did a rap and it’s premiering right now on this stage. It’s premiering I’m talking about in a couple of seconds, a world premier! So kids, do not miss this. Parents, don’t miss this. Follow me on Instagram, on Twitter. I will be commenting about it. and you can read the comments from other people. It’s been a big hit already so I thought let’s just go ahead and show it, and then after I show you this rap, then I will tell you, I will kinda break it down a little bit about what God says about what I was talking about. Are you ready? Are you ready?! Here we go!
October 13, 2013
One of the most common situations in the family octagon today is that of the blended family. But how many of those families are really less ‘blended’ and more ‘disjointed’? How can families from different backgrounds, different fighting techniques learn to live and grow together?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young reveals the recipe, ingredients, and directions God has to help blended family become more than a collection of individuals, and instead become fully blended.
Good morning! How are you guys doing today? You doing well? I want to welcome all of our different campuses. We’re one church in many different locations. Plano (let me go through them), Dallas, Fort Worth, South Miami, Midtown Miami, Columbia, South Carolina, Keller-Southlake, Allaso Ranch, Park City, Fellowshiplive.com, in several weeks London, England, and right here in gorgeous Grapevine. I think this is the only place where it’s difficult to get to. I mean, it’s tough to get to church! Thank you guys for being here.
I was stuck in traffic for the earlier service, I almost turned around and went home! And then I thought, well I’m the pastor so I better show up. Unbelievable. Thank you, guys, for being here. Thank you for being here.
You know, I’ve had a hobby over the last couple of years. I enjoy making smoothies. Does anyone like to make smoothies? Anybody juice? Oh that’s the rave. I love it. I love it, love it, love it. And it’s very interesting how you can take different ingredients, ingredients that seem ironic or rather paradoxical, put them in a blender, turn the blender on, and BAM! You’ve got a smoothie that is delicious and nutritious. Say that with me. It is delicious and nutritious. So I’ve been doing this for a long, long time. I’ve made some smoothies that are horrible, that will make you gag. I now pretty much have it down. It’s not perfect, it’s not an exact science, but it’s really fun to get involved in making this stuff.
Transferring the Title
October 20, 2013
Welcome to Fellowship Church. We’re one church in many locations. Columbia, South Carolina, Midtown Miami, South Miami, Downtown Dallas, Plano, right here in Grapevine, Keller/Southlake, Fort Worth, and also www.fellowshiplive.com.
We’ve been in a series called Family Octagon. We’ve talked about a wide range of topics that we all deal with in the family. Because every single person hearing my voice is a member of a family. And if you’ve missed any of these installments go to www.fellowshipchurch.com and you can scroll through and watch them. Because each session builds on the next. The Family Octagon is so real and so relevant and so pertinent about all of our lives, due to the fact that once we are born we’re in this octagon and really we never leave the octagon. Especially today, as I talk about this subject, I’m talking about adult children, relating to adult parents and in-laws and adult relatives. That’s a very hot topic and it’s like you step into the octagon and you’re hit from all sides. How do you negotiate this situation? How do you win? Because God wants every family to win. Well, today that’s what we’re gonna talk about as we tackle the Family Octagon. So during this last session I’m gonna sort of open up a can that is highly controversial, highly complex, and multifaceted. I’m gonna talk to you about how adult children relate to adult relatives. Specifically, how do we as adult children relate to our parents and also how do we relate to the in-laws as well. Because that is a very, very difficult subject. Yet it’s also (and God wants it to be) highly dynamic.
This series promo was created to promote Ed Young’s series “Family Octagon.”
The family is the foundation of our society. So goes the family, so goes our future. But the truth is that family is under attack. So what should our response be? Join Pastor Ed Young for this perspective-shifting series on family in today’s world. And discover what fights God wants you to avoid, which ones He wants you to step into, and which ones He wants you to win, no matter what the cost.