. Uselessly the church tries to make disciples elsewhere when it cannot even make disciples within their own family, in their own house. We have seen and see throughout many passages of Scripture that God’s desire and will is that His people be fruitful and multiply, and we have seen that it is a blessing from God. 2) The family is a blessing from God and children are His inheritance and reward. These are principles for every Christian because as we have said the family being church in itself requires that the family be governed as the Scripture directs the church. It was long and agonizing — and it was for us. The importance of family life in society and church can scarcely be exaggerated. If this is true, and it is, it is a thing that brings joy to God. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. The Importance of the Family in God's Plan: Monday, November 30th, 2020 : by Rev. Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. As a result, we should be united in Christ. Only those who by faith will embrace the Eternal Covenant in Christ will be partakers of eternal salvation. John 14:12 Verily, verily I say to you: whoever believes in me will also do the works I do; in fact even greater works they will do, because I go to the Father. that we find a different kind of unity. Racial reconciliation is not only possible; it’s a must because we are the very family of God. 1 John 5:1-3 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. These are ALL the commandments, statutes and decrees that the LORD has ordered to teach and put into practice. This truth is expressed also in the passage of Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. The first role of authority figure on the scale of the family is the husband/father. The first important principle is to put into practice what is taught in the word of God in every day living. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. Let’s examine these words shall we?! All that is precious and important to God should be considered precious and important to us as well, or not? Thinking about God will reduce negative feelings. What is the importance of family devotions? So there is a deep spiritual parallelism and a connection between parents and children and children of God and the LORD. The Importance of Having a Time for Family Worship This will lead our children to do what the father does and tells them to do as the children see the father do it, so that not only we speak the truth we live it. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. God's begotten family on earth. “But rejoiceth in the truth…” (I Corinthians 13:6) Love praises the good in others. Ephesians 5:22-29 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. The Bible contains the domestic history of the family, receiving blessings or cursing according to the success or failure of the father's leadership. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Genesis 19:12-14 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? (Italiano) E’ BIBLICO PER UN CRISTIANO USARE LEGITTIMA DIFESA PER SE E PER ALTRI? In fact, a pastor, elder or any one who retains a ministerial position in the church is disqualified from that position if their family is not in order and submitted to God’s authority and the authority of the head of the household. Jesus said to begin making disciples first in Jerusalem, there is a principle here, this means to begin in their case with their own, the Jews, the people closest to them, in relation to kin, so if we think about it there is a principle we have to adopt as well, we must begin to make disciples, to evangelize in the closest sphere of influence we have, which is our family. I hope He will rearrange ours as well. What would it mean, though, if we took the radical notion of being brothers and sisters seriously? (paragraphing added). Little irritants that spoil our life will subsidize. But even secular sociologists acknowledge the fact that the stability of an intact family has a far-reaching ripple effect on the surrounding community. Even before his death Jesus affirmed the importance of being a part of the family of God. If someone left you an inheritance of a million dollars would it be precious to you? We find this promise confirmed also in the Ten Commandments in. D. ALL OF GOD’S FAMILY IS IMPORTANT. When we teach our children we make them disciples with the word of God and we put it into practice before them, we are exercising them to fear God in the way He wants to be feared, not with a unhealthy fear or terror rather with a healthy fear, fear that leads to respect and reverence which demonstrates itself in love. As in the church there is an order of authority there is one also in the family, it’s designed to be in the same order as it is in the church. What is a Family? What would happen if your church saw an elderly woman no one would ever confuse with “cool” on her knees at the front of the church praying with a body-pierced fifteen-year-old anorexic girl? 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. I believe this is whole the principle of. Psalms 128:1-4 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways. John 5:19-20 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. Usually when one leaves an inheritance to someone it is normally something of economic value, it could be money, land, property or other valuable things. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table. It is obvious then that the LORD in His word confirms the meaning of this word as He explains in a practical way how we inculcate, teach diligently our children the word of God. Let’s examine the role and the responsibilities of this figure and what the word of God says they are. So it should be for us. One example of these is found in. The Fifth Commandment is also mentioned by Paul in the New Testament, Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. From Jesus’ life and His method of teaching we see this to be true and if we have read the Gospels we can see that Jesus taught with the prescribed method found in the OT. It is surely a great opportunity for the church (and the Christian family) to evangelize and make disciples of their own children. Best to answer this in chronological terms, to understand how the importance of family has developed with the passage of Biblical time. The New Testament shows that it has singular importance in the Church (Eph 5:21-6:4). So the training camp for these positions are in the family. The family is a masterpiece of God… The church exists to minister to individuals and families by sharing the love of God and the message of repentance and salvation through the blood of … If an inheritance of economic valuables is precious and of value how much more an inheritance created in the image and likeness of God and given to us directly by God, should be all the more precious? Titus 1:5-6 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you– 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. If an inheritance is given to us by God and is precious to Him, how shall it be considered by us? 1)We must go about doing good to all, especially do good to our brothers and sisters in Christ and our family, doing good things in the physical realm but especially in the spiritual. To place the emphasis of evangelism and disciple-making outside the family, we risk (and it is happening) that we will lose our children to the world. By this we know that we are in Him. At this stage I also want to open a parenthesis about the subject of the commandment or decree that God gave first to Adam and Eve and then to Noah and his sons, to be fruitful and multiply. But do we take the name of Jesus for granted? Understanding the family of God is yet another weapon against racial intolerance in the church and beyond. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. . 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren;In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”, 13 And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”. The security that the love of God for us leads us in the love of God and in loving God and His commandments. This is what needs to be taught to our children, this kind of fear of God is the beginning of all knowledge and wisdom. We established that the primary responsibilities for Biblical teaching and training in the word of God, the behavior, correction and discipline of the children is of the parents, first of all the father, secondarily the mother, third in line the local church, it’s not the other way around as many think it to be. At this point it is essential to understand that the principle to teach the children is to honor and love and fear the LORD as He is our Father. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin. And if you want to get a taste for the value, importance, and preciousness of children, spend some time reading about Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah. This is, in fact, a principle of God’s word 1 CORINTHIANS 7:14, the believer’s children will be blessed so much just by the greater possibility, very good probability they will come to the knowledge of God. Deuteronomy 6:1-8 “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Importance of Religion and Family Life The Pew Research Center wanted to learn about global views on the importance of religion and family life, so they surveyed over 30,000 people in 27 countries. So now that the earth is greatly populated this decree is no longer valid today. For love toward God that His commandments will remain in our heart see also PSALMS 119: 9-11andLUKE 10:27. You will lose your children if you do not take the time to train them yourselves in the way of the Lord. We know this is true, and yet so often we allow the differences in the color of our skin to dictate whether or not we accept people. 1. We have established the importance of the family as an institution God has designed and created from the beginning of mankind, created also to be part of the body of Christ the church. Love trains our family in the truth of God’s Word. ); 1 Timothy 3:11-12 Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. However, let us see what the word of God teaches us in regard to these roles and their functions. We and our children will obtain true spiritual success and prosperity, not always but sometimes even economic prosperity, by the meditation and the practice and obedience of the word of God that is taught. So I believe then that these are valid principles for us in the church and family today. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. When remembering God makes other things happening around us less important. God commands us in His word to evangelize and to make disciples of all nation teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded us to do. Family in the economy of God is of much worth and value as everything stems from a family that’s guided and directed by the leading of the Holy Spirit. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. God always desires to create life and that we make disciples, adding children to His family, the church. In a certain way it should be easier to evangelize and make disciples of our own children because we live together with them and spend most of our life with them. Deuteronomy 6:2 that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. He created us and then he adopted us as his very own children. We wish to introduce. The Bible reveals that family relationships are important to God. This means that the LORD sees the family as a very specific nucleus of His church, an assembly of believers. To write them upon the doorposts of our house and upon our gates means to be surrounded by God’s word in our home environment, today all this should be increasingly easier to do as there are many resources and technology that can help us do this. 13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. We know that Israel was and still is, an agricultural land, The vine and the olive are very important for the economic resources of the nation and of the families who live there. Family worship also provides common knowledge, trains Children for corporate worship, reinforces Spiritual Headship and provides systematic discipleship. God is a family, and He has a family on earth (Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, What an honor to be rewarded by God. The family is important to God because it is an institution He has created and it is one of His blessings. The family exists to propagate the race and to provide a safe and secure haven in which to nurture, teach, and love the younger generation. Genesis 6:18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark–you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. E. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD’S FAMILY. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. There is no distinction. . 8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; 9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck. Is it really like this today? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city–take them out of this place! I repeat, Scripturally it is the parents’ responsibility, better yet the father’s primary responsibility, to train up a child in God’s ways, the church is only to aid and support the parents but not to take their place in the Biblical training of their children. These passages we will look into greater detail further ahead in our study regarding the various roles in the family, suffice to say I have mentioned them now to establish the proper relation regarding spiritual authority in relation to God and consequently for the family to compare the members of the family and the church. A family starts with parents for everyone. The Christian’s family is a typology of the church. We teach our children demonstrating them in action what we teach in theory. This reality is further confirmed in the next Psalm with its descriptive Hebrew language describes the type of blessing that God sends upon the man who fears Him. A Christian family has the name of Christ and we all are, all born-again believers, as the word of God says born of and adopted by God, and we are now part of the family of God, the church. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. All these things previously mentioned are good, they are not however training up a child in God’s Scriptural ways. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Having said this however, the church has to respect the authority God has given as a role to the pastors and elders who are also under submission to respect the authority of the word of God and consequently also the others are to be under submission to the authority of the church offices and roles, when they are submitted to the authority of the word of God. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”. God gave his Son for us to be called sons. Would they be accepted with the same or even greater joy as an inheritance of money? The role of the head of the household, in other words of the man, however, unfortunately in the society and culture in which we live, it is also possible that of a woman being a single mother with children, is not only of being biological parents and economic providers. 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