The Family’s Function Toward God

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

We’ve just spent 10 weeks together working through how the different members of the family should function towards one another.  The family is the most vital building block of society, not only because it’s first in line, but because the family is a direct reflection of the godhead.  Our God: Father, Son and Spirit is one God operating in perfect communion.  The Father sends the Son, and the Father and Son send the Spirit.  God the son submits to the father in full equality – as does the Spirit of God.  How Christian family members function towards one another is supposed to be a visible representation of the nature and Character of God on Earth. The summary of relationships is simple and demands a repeat. Husbands bear the chief responsibility in their homes.  A godly man will sacrificially Love, Lead, Live with and Laugh with His wife.  He will honor her, protect her, guide her towards Christ, and provide for her every emotional, spiritual and physical need.  Husbands, Love your wife as Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior Loves the church. Wives, you in turn are commanded to Submit to, Support and Strengthen your husband’s position of leadership in the home. Parents are commanded to bring your children up in […]

Children to Parents

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

Try to put the following child parent conversation in Biblical context: A man was overheard talking on his cell phone:  “I know it’s something you want,” he said earnestly, “But I don’t think tattoos are a good idea.  And the same goes for body piercing.  As long as you’re living in my house, I think you should respect my wishes.” <Pause> “Besides, Mom, you’re 75 years old!  You don’t need a tattoo!” We all expected obedience between a father and his child didn’t we?   But perhaps you’re not exactly certain what to do with a child giving orders to his mother.  Today we take a look at the relationship of children to their parents.    The bulk perhaps is focused on children growing up still in their parent’s house.  But there are applications to adult children relating to their parents. Children to Parents (Exodus 20:12): Let me give you three key words to Biblically describe the relationship between children and their parents.    There may be some overlap between them, but they are used with fair regularity in varied Spots. The first aspect of the child parent relationship is Children your first order of business when it comes to your relationship to your parents is to Obey… Obey The Key passage I’d […]

Parents to Children

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

“Just wait till your father gets home!”  That phrase begets an absolute solidifying fear.  No child who has ever heard those words in context has failed to feel their heart palpitate and hands sweat.  The very wording and structure of the sentence has been carefully crafted by generations of mothers and I’m moderately certain it’s proper use and intonation is passed on from mother to daughter in secret ceremonies we men know nothing about. What’s even more striking is that it is- in some degrees the reflection of the biblical mandate for men to be the Christ centered foundation of moral guidance and righteous judgment in the household.  The image of the man sitting idly by on the couch while mom tries to deal with unruly children is a travesty of righteousness and a declaration of either immature masculinity, or overbearing femininity or both. That doesn’t mean that mom is not supposed to discipline, she must, not for mere survival, but because God has granted her the role of raising children and discipline is part and parcel of that.  The very fact that God would entrust the most delicate and easily moldable minds on the planet primarily into mom’s tender care should immediately dispel the rumor that the Bible somehow […]