SERIES: Smart Home
MESSAGE: Meet the Architect
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 127

MESSAGE SUMMARY
In this first message of our Smart Home series, we focus on the foundational elements. Let’s meet the Architect of the home and the family—God Himself. His blueprints for the people He creates include satisfying relationships and integrated operation. We should make sure to build alongside of Him so that our homes become satisfying places of refuge, palaces of joy, and platforms for worship. Let’s take a fresh look at Solomon’s instruction.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: July 29, 2018
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Meet the Architect"
Text: Psalm 127

Path

In this first message of our Smart Home series, we focus on the foundational elements. Let's meet the Architect of the home and the family—God Himself. His blueprints for the people He creates include satisfying relationships and integrated operation. We should make sure to build alongside of Him so that our homes become satisfying places of refuge, palaces of joy, and platforms for worship. Let's take a fresh look at Solomon's instruction.

  1. The Designer: The Lord (v. 1)
  2. The Builders: God and Us (vv. 1-2)
  3. The Dwellers: Families and More (vv. 1-5)
  4. The Enjoyers: Everyone Involved (v. 5)
Points

The Designer: The Lord The Builders: God and UsThe Dwellers: Families and MoreThe Enjoyers: Everyone InvolvedPractice

Connect Up: Why is it important to understand both the Architect and His design for the family? How is the design intricately related to the Designer? Consider both similarities and differences between the design and Designer. For example, the design is not always lived out perfectly—family life sometimes fails—but the Designer is always perfect.

Connect In: How can Christians help encourage, support, and reinforce God's design for home life? Begin with the vertical relationship demonstrated in Psalm 116: believe in Him, cry out to Him, follow Him, study His Word, obey Him, serve Him, thank Him, and live for Him. Then consider horizontal relationships: be there, express affirmation, build healthy morals and values, discipline with consistency, eliminate stress, communicate well, play together, and love your spouse.1 What can you add to these?

Connect Out: What strategies would you take if you observed a home life that was spinning out of control? How could you reinforce the Architect's plans? What steps could you take to encourage rebuilding? Your answers depend on whether the family members are Christians. How might you help both believing and unbelieving families?


1 Whitney Hopler, "Ten Ways to Build a Healthy and Happy Family," November 17, 2010, www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/10-ways-to-build-a-healthy-and-happy-family-11641140.html, accessed 07/29/18.

DETAILED NOTES
"Meet the Architect"
Psalm 127

  1. Introduction
    1. The home is foundational, the heart and soul of any society
    2. Though society needs the home, it is attacking the traditional idea and values of the home
    3. One overarching area Christians struggle with the most is the home
    4. Today's Christians don't have a clear understanding of God's blueprint for the home, so they are looking for answers in the unbelieving world and emulating their worldly counterpart
    5. The Lord is the architect who created the blueprint
    6. In the Old Testament, the word house is often used as a synonym for what happens in the house—family life (see v. 1)
    7. Although Psalm 127 is a song of ascents, it is not speaking of Jerusalem, but of the home (see v. 3)
      1.  The fifteen psalms that are called songs of ascents were memorized by the children of Israel and sung by families on their way to worship in the temple
      2.  Psalm 127 is the poetic expression of a family that depends on God—a smart home
  2. The Designer: The Lord (v. 1)
    1. The psalm begins by highlighting the Lord because He created the home
      1.  "Unless the Lord builds the house" (v. 1)
      2.  Genesis 2:18
    2. Marriage, the family, the home, and society were all God's idea; love also originated with God
      1.  Jeremiah 31:3
      2.  1 John 4:19
    3. It always begins with God; if marriage was man's invention, then man could regulate it, tamper with it, nullify it, and redefine it
    4. Because it was God's idea, it is subject to God's principles (see Matthew 19:6)
    5. The covenant name of the Lord—the tetragrammaton (YHWH)—is used in verse 1 to emphasize that the designer of the home, the heavenly architect, the blueprint maker of the home is the covenant Lord
      1.  The Lord who created a covenant with people out of His love for them designed a covenant for people so that His love can spread on a human level
      2.  Premarital booklet illustration
        1. Triangle with God at the top and the husband and wife at the other two points
        2. The closer you draw to God as an individual, the closer you are to your spouse; strengthen the bond by seeking the Lord
  3. The Builders: God and Us (vv. 1-2)
    1. There are two ways to build a home:
      1.  The not-so-smart way: you build it, you design it, then you ask God to bless it
      2.  The smart way:
        1. Discover the design that the first designer already created; because He invented it, He knows how to make it function at peak
        2. This results in experiencing the thrill of God at work in providing for your home and protecting your relationships
    2. A divine builder and human builders
      1.  "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" (v. 1)
      2.  This verse simply states the idiocy of trying to go it alone in life, trying to build on your own
    3. God gives you the energy and the power, but He expects you to work at it; God works in you, but you still have to do the work
      1.  Philippians 2:12-13
      2.  2 Corinthians 3:5
    4. Building alongside the designer, using His design
      1.  You'll never be the husband, wife, or parent you could be without the Lord building with you
      2.  It's not smart to build without the Lord
      3.  Life is lived at its best when you build alongside the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 6:1)
    5. Build and put all that you can into it, but you also need to acknowledge the divine architect; a smart home begins by first recognizing who the designer is
    6. Little is much if God is in it; much is nothing if God isn't in it
  4. The Dwellers: Families and More (vv. 1-5)
    1. A smart person will be all about building relationships
      1. The words house and city (see v. 1) are pictures of edifying, building up, providing for, and giving protection to the home
      2.  Your life at its irreducible minimum is relationships
    2. Children are God's best gift (see v. 3)
      1.  Heritage should be translated assignment
      2.  Parents are meant to shape the destiny of their children, but children are also meant to help shape their parents' personality and destiny
      3.  Children are the only earthly items you can take with you to heaven
    3. God wants to be a part of every part of your life, including your family life
      1.  Have you invited Him into every area of your home?
      2.  When Jesus was with His disciples, He ate with them, cooked breakfast for them, walked with them, fished with them, etc.
      3.  God walked daily with Adam and Eve in the garden (see Genesis 3:8)
    4. The Lord wants you to enjoy life and to enjoy Him in your life
    5. Trust "in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Timothy 6:17)
  5. The Enjoyers: Everyone Involved (v. 5)
    1. A smart home makes happy people and produces happiness
      1.  In verse 5, the Hebrew word for happy is esher, which can also mean blissful, contented, satisfied
      2.  Build projects for temporal profit or build people for spiritual, eternal profit, as seen in the contrast between verse 2 and verse 5:
        1. Verse 2: someone investing in activities, but producing anxieties (unhappy and unfulfilled)
        2. Verse 5: someone investing in priorities and shaping destinies (happy and fulfilled)
    2. Happiness begins with the man because he leads the home (see Joshua 24:15), but it's pervasive and includes everyone in the home
    3. A smart home is a happy home because:
      1.  The Lord has designed it, helped to build it, strengthened it, provided for it, and protected it
      2.  Children have been brought into it and have been launched successfully from it; they've hit their target, and they're making an impact, a difference, in their society
    4. Not only is the home happy, but so are the neighbors and the city; it impacts everyone
  6. Conclusion
    1. Our personal relationship with God should affect every relationship in our home and in our lives
    2. "If your father and mother, your sister and brother, if the very cat and dog in the house, are not happier for your being a Christian, it is a question whether you really are one" —Hudson Taylor
Figures referenced: Hudson Taylor

Hebrew words: esher

Cross references: Genesis 2:18; 3:8; Joshua 24:15; Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 19:6; 2 Corinthians 3:5; 6:1; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Timothy 6:17; 1 John 4:19

Topic: the home

Keywords: architect, blueprint, build, design, home, house, relationships


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