Series: Five Functions of a Faithful Family

How should a Christian family function in its interpersonal relationships?

Beginning With God

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

I wanted to start this morning looking at the whole family as a unit of faithfulness.  It is frequently stated that the family is a microcosm of the world, of government, of church, really the family serves as the smallest building block of any social structure.  The quality then of that building block is important. One of the features of Haitian living that sticks out almost immediately when you enter the country is that every structure is made of either poured concrete or concrete blocks.  But it’s not the same kind of concrete blocks that we would use here.  Oh, they might look the same – but they are not. In fact a regular bag of concrete be about 2/3 of a cubic foot. Haitians will add sand and gravel to make it stretch to about 3 cubic feet (no, I’m not kidding.)  The result is that a wall of blocks will break with much less force.  That’s one reason why OMS has already started making their own bricks in preparation for building the new Emmaus Seminary location. Likewise for us.  If we want a solid country, a solid government or more directly a well built and well-functioning church than we need to construct it with well-built families.  We want […]

Husband to Wife

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

<Video Segment “The Perfects” is a nauseating spoof on the perfect family. (You can preview it here )) I don’t know what your view of perfect family life is like.  Some of you might like something like that clip, though I doubt it.  I’m tempted to do a survey this morning.  Kids how many of you did the dishes or at least cleared the table for mom?  And how many of you were so far ahead of schedule today that no-body was yelling at anyone else? It’s kind of a sad commentary isn’t it?  I’m not convinced that “The Perfects” reflect the true ideal family.  But it does highlight some misconceptions and get us into the mode of thinking about what a perfect family looks like. If we follow the trail established for us last week in which the Godhead is the MODEL for a faithful family we really ought to start this week with the Man of the house.  (Especially since this is father’s day. So if we follow the trail established for us: God the Father is the head of Christ and Christ is the head of the husband, so that is where we’ll begin: with the Husband and Father.  Of course that doesn’t mean that only the married […]

Husband To Wife -Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

Nobody would doubt that we live in a world and in a culture which desperately needs to see Jesus. Notice the theme of the songs this morning all revolving around the concept “I want to see Jesus!” I can think about Christians are supposed to reflect the character of God to the world around them, and one of the ways in which the Lord has chosen to reveal himself apart from scripture is through Families  committed to faithfully living out His word. Faithful Families begin with the relationship of the husband to his wife. And we continue that theme today. Gentlemen if we’re going to have faithful families that function in accordance with God’s revealed nature and Character than we’re going to need to apply this particular text because it – more than many others – binds together the concepts of the Character and work of Jesus Christ with that of marriage. Take a look at this text; which you ought to be familiar with in Ephesians 5:25-33. Love Her and sacrifice for her Eph 5:22-ff Last week we ended with this admonition from Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church… ” The place where we ended then is the most logical place to pick up […]