When Lydia took to heart Paul's preaching in Philippi, she and the members of her household were baptized. The Lord says that in marriage one plus one equals one. Romans 16:5 . And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Ruth 3. Even after separations as much as fifty years, God wants them back together. Hebrews 2:17 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. 1 Tim. Joining a physical organization calling itself a church, does not make you a true Christian. As a family, decide on some things you could do together as you serve with your whole self. 1. The father may also decide to consult with his children by calling them together in a family meeting and carefully listen to his children regarding their feelings and consider their viewpoint. 3. The name "sons of God" is a name of endearment, meaning that we are His children, His disciples, and His family. As members of Christ's body, the church, we receive the promise of inheriting the Kingdom of God and being sons in God's Family. In the church at Ephesus, as a result of false teaching which may have challenged the validity of traditional gender roles, Christian women were acting contrary to acceptable Christian behavior. He was born into a family where jealousy, comparison, and distrust were the rules of the game. Serving with Your Whole Self. That’s the way God meant for it to be. This is because God wants to make sure, through Paul, that men—husbands and fathers—understand beyond a shadow of a doubt how much they are to love and care for their wives. We observe this immediately in government, in business, in social groups, in the military, and so on. First century Christian women played an indispensable role in Christ's work. John 8:39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Nick Minerva In ... TEXT: John 11:17-45 This week’s sermon is entitle Miracles in the Midst of Grief. Romans 12:11c: “serving the Lord.” These three simple words are packed with some important practical truths. By stating in verse 13 that “Adam was created first,” Paul means that in the creation design of male and female, Adam, the male, was first among equals and God uniquely designed the man to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually the head of the relationship and He created woman to complement his headship position. Serving God by Setting a Good Example Start going to church. Ephesians 3:14 - For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. Being part of God's Family means also to originate from Him and to take His name. EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY HAS TO HELP THE FAMILY: “Jesus is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Is it because they do not have faith and they do not believe that this is the inspired written Word of God? Proposition: God sees the family as the place of security and rest and also identity and this is even true when it comes to being a member of His family. Some of Paul’s coworkers in the gospel were women, yet their active role in advancing the gospel and caring for God's people was accomplished in ways that did not violate male headship or leadership in the home or in the church. This is the glorious end to which all the generations are moving. In learning to be kings and priests who will rule with Christ, we must be working to order and establish God's way of life in our own families. Paul really nails it on the head. She is his counselor and offers wisdom and valuable advice. This is the group to Be in! Since men are supposed to be the heads of the family, they must also be the heads of the community. Although equal in substance, Christ obeys and submits Himself to the Father within the relationship of the Family of God. In the third chapter of Paul’s letter to Ephesus, the fourteenth verse, he says, "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," and the next verse, "Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" [Ephesians 3:15]. Goals and Requirements. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Then there is the wife/mother who submits to the leadership of her husband and respects him, then their children who obey parental authority. Jesus Christ said: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. "You are not far from the kingdom of God." Like Joshua, Jacob knew that his people still had … Ephesians 5:24-33 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. There in that little formula which God has given is the formula for success in a marital relationship. The principle of male headship, however, does not diminish in any way the significance and necessity of active female involvement in the home or church. The two natures remain distinct without any intermingling, but they nevertheless compose one Person, Christ the God-Man. Once we are alerted to the analogy between the family and the church, it becomes evident that the symbolism is worked out in detail. Likewise, God wants us, his forgiven and pardoned people, to forgive and pardon members of our families when we are hurt. In this story, as well as in many other areas in Scripture, family means a whole clan or household, rather than the nuclear family, which is common here in the 21st century. People serve the Lord for many reasons. Malachi provides an encouraging promise of bringing together fathers and children. But it also tells us of His ultimate exaltation, … What better way to serve God? He says, “Because I have too many outside activities.”. As men assume their roles as leaders of families, this also extends into the church and into the community. Sometimes you’re going to get discouraged. There can be no doubt that daily we mistreat members of our own family. This is a choice that must be made every day. God worked through Abraham’s family, as He promised, through the generations to King David and through more generations to Jesus Christ, and through Him, the conduit narrowed to one brilliant point and then burst forward into a wide stream once again. “Whoever serves, [let it be] as one who serves by the strength that God supplies — in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” God is seen as glorious when all our serving is moment-by-moment receiving from God’s supply. The Israelites initially took to heart God's covenant with Abraham. The Bible contains the domestic history of the family, receiving blessings or cursing according to the success or failure of the father's leadership. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1. As the woman is relieved of this position she becomes more of a woman and she is free to concentrate fully on the responsibilities in her sphere. A great family is a saved family...a serving family… 3. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. In the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles often spent time with or referenced families. In complete agreement with Peter's instruction on the wife's marital submission, Paul teaches that the husband is empowered and commanded to lead in the marriage relationship, and that the wife is instructed to submit to her husband as to the Lord. He said you take a man and you take a woman and the two become one. One person’s faith saved all those people in that family. Let me be clear, becoming a Christian is not earned by loving the family. The text: "The whole family in heaven and earth" – God’s one family in heaven and earth. Just as the church has been influenced by feminism, so also has the family. I Corinthians 11:2-16 is a superb example of how Paul supports his instruction of headship and submission with weighty, theological and biblical reasons, rather than with cultural social patterns or adaptation to a unique circumstances. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” (Eph. In the same way, the husband is head in the marriage relationship and the wife submits herself to him in everything that does not go against God and His way of life. He fulfilled his role as the voice in the desert completely. The covenants of God with the patriarchs are stories of blessings to families and their descendants, generation after generation. Abraham, for example, was the father of Israel. Explain that whenever we serve others, we are serving Heavenly Father. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise [there is a promise that goes with it and God states it right there]: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. This is a matter of law and order, and if we do not learn this as part of a human family, God sees it as an indication of discord and conflict which He will not allow to exist in His Kingdom. John 8:42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Now what are we, if we are led by and have the Spirit dwelling in us? There is no way a man can neglect his calling with a clear conscience. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. First a family had a father; each extended family or household had or has a patriarch which was the oldest living male. The heavenly family is eternal whereas the earthly one is temporary, a distinction that Christ made clear. … So the spiritual family of Abraham emerges more distinctly with the coming of Christ, who came from Abraham's line, but who came to extend that line into all the world, starting with the firstfruits of God's Kingdom and Family. … 1 Peter 4:10-11 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms... so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” Serving is a form of worship, a way to express gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and to share the love and grace we've been given. Song and Scripture “Called to Serve,” Children’s Songbook, 174. It is a celebration of the unique rights and freedoms … God protects those who reject his authority. I Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman isman, and the head of Christ isGod. Before this adoption we were like aliens or slaves, but now, being adopted, we have been taken into the family of God. In order to counter improper female conduct in the church, Paul restates Christian principles of Christian conduct and two of those principles are found in I Timothy 2, which are: I Timothy 2:9-10 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. You may call yourself a member of the church, but if you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, you are not a member of God's spiritual and eternal church. The family structure is not meant to be random or chaotic, it is meant to be planned and ordered and here is how. Just as he teaches male headship in the family, he teaches male headship in the household of God. By the way, he didn’t take a family vote, or even see what the kid’s opinion about church and God was. God uses our circumstances! The Israelites later destroyed the city of Jericho but spared Rahab and her family. You may or may not have others that join you in your service of God, but regardless we should still serve God. If we are Abraham's children, that is faithful to God, we will obey God's instruction to provide for our families. Choose a way you would like to serve from each of the areas below or think of your own ideas. It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed [that is Christ] should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Deuteronomy 6:3-9 is God’s prescription for a. strong family. Paul teaches that the marriage relationship is a living picture of the relationship between Christ and the church. They knew that they were in his family as it was continuing through the generations and that through his family, all peoples of the earth would be blessed. So judgment came to Achan’s whole family, whereas grace came to Rahab’s whole family. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. There are some people who serve the Lord because of legalism; they're afraid not to. Today you’ll demonstrate this concept for your kids by using a simple pool of water. Moses was not only a leader, but also a brother, a husband, and a father in the epic of the Exodus. THE "KID'S SERMON" RE-IMAGINED "The Family 5" is a short five-minute sermon experience designed with both kids and grown-ups in mind. The tribes of Israel were named according to the patriarchal fathers who began each biological line. Now this a fictitious antidote, slightly humorous for its absurdity, but the sad fact is that men and women often have conflicts because of confusing relationships. The father has the God-given right to establish rules of conduct, expenditure of money, laws of the household, and educational planning. I Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach. Colossians 3:18-20 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Scripture often uses the family as a place of reconciliation and harmony. The husband/father is the sacrificing head who loves and leads his wife and children. In each of these passages the social phenomenon of a family head is linked to a spiritual certainty—the headship of Christ over the church. First, the family is where we learn to glorify God and live for him. B. God’s power is at work in your inner man The father’s decision should be honored and respected by all members of the family, even when they do not agree with him. Noah's family included his wife, his sons, and their wives. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 4:11-12, NLT). Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. Notice his influence in verse 31 – when you take a stand for God, others will notice and many will follow you as you follow Christ. To allow others to steal this leadership demonstrates severe weakness in character and lack of obedience to principle. God says, “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Exodus 23:25). God protects those who reject his authority. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. "The Family 5" is a short five-minute sermon experience designed with both kids and grown-ups in mind. 25 This enables you to have an impact on others. God decided to start over again, and He started over with a family—Noah's family. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And those who live without the Lord often accomplish great things in the world. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. – Joshua 24:15. I got married when I was eighteen and made a promise to God that the first Sunday of our marriage, that I will have my family in church always. Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. There has been an effort underway in this society to do away with the patriarchy, substituting instead an equality of leadership between men and women. It is acceptable for the father to delegate some of his authority to his wife, especially in affairs of the household and matters concerning the children because she is closer to them than he is in their day-to-day activities. WE SERVE BECAUSE OF JESUS For most people in America Labor Day is a holiday. God does not limit Himself to the conduit however. What such advocates fail to understand is that God's plan is not one that burdens, frustrates, or deprives an individual. What was Joshua’s declaration concerning serving God? The family is an inherently ambivalent picture of disappointment and struggle on the one hand, and on the other hand, a picture of hope and blessing. It must be a sanctified family. So we see the family as a whole being blessed or cursed according to the obedience or sins of individual family members. As Christ loves the Church, the husband is commanded to love his wife as he loves his own body, sacrificing for her and protecting her, regarding her as co-regent and chief counselor, delegating essential complementary duties to her. How God Sees Family. The positive statement, "let a woman learn," is qualified by the manner in which she is to learn: “in silence with all submission.” Then the negative statement, "do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man," directly forbids women from teaching and leading men in the church. Before you might expect it, he will probably be outlining the sermon and noting whole concepts. A father was called the head of a clan or family, and this head of the clan was the biological source for the family and had authority over it. So we need to be aware of what God says about these things and not just what is culturally acceptable. Immediately following his instructions in I Timothy 2:11-15, prohibiting women from teaching and leading men, Paul describes the qualifications for those who oversee the local church in I Timothy 3. In Hebrews 2, Paul develops Christ's picture of His brotherhood with all the faithful who belong to the same family with the one who had to be made just like His brothers. Individuals still affect other members of the family as a result of their own behavior. God’s Family is characterized by order, unity, and peace and He expects us to learn this in our own Christian families and in our own membership in the household of God—the church. One of the evidences that one is a believer is their love for the family. He said you take a man and you take a woman and the two become one. In Genesis 35:1 God told Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God.” God wanted Jacob and his family to go up to Bethel, the house of God, so they could have fellowship with him there.
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