Series Introduction: It’s Complicated

We are wired for relationship, and we swim in the joy and complexities of these relationships every day: whether it be at home, in the workplace, at school, or in our neighborhoods.

Many of us long for deep, healthy, and safe relationships, but few of us actually experience many of those. We experience the strain of unhealthy conflict, personality differences, feelings of loneliness and not belonging.

Relationships are complicated.

We hunger for deeper and better relationships and we wonder if the Bible can be of any help to us as we build these important relationships.

We all know that there’s no easy solution, but over the next few weeks, we will be talking about some of the biggest topics. Our hope is that these messages would be the springboard for healthy conversations and the start of a new way of relating to the people we find ourselves in relationship with.

Series Overview:

Jan 5: Designed to Connect | Chris Dolson
Jan 12: Loneliness | Michael Knapstad
Jan 19: Vision Sunday (non-series)
Jan 26: Authenticity | Matt Metzger
Feb 2: Forgiveness | Charles Yu
Feb 9: Good Conflict | Matt Metzger

Recommended Resources:

We also like to include a few recommended resources if you sense that this is a topic that you would benefit from learning more about. Each week we’ll be recommending a couple of books or podcasts that relate to the topic being discussed, but here are a couple to get you started:

Boundaries // by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Healthy relationships include healthy boundaries- whether it be with your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors. When those boundaries aren’t there, you may find yourself feeling exhausted- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Learn when to say yes and how to say no to people in your life so that you can love yourself and others better.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality // by Peter Scazzero
It’s hard to have healthy, God-centered relationships with others when we’re personally not in a healthy relationship with God. In this book, Scazzero helps readers to identify how some of our unhealthy emotional habits get in the way of connecting with God (and loving others), and offers six principles to overcome these hurdles.

Emotionally Healthy Relationships Day by Day // by Peter Scazzero
This 40-day devotional gives a short morning and evening reading designed to help readers spend time cultivating a healthy relationship with God. Each day focuses on different emotionally healthy relational themes: deep listening, clean fighting, clarifying expectations, etc.