A Portrait of the Christian Home and Family:
Text: 1 Peter 2:9-12
Purpose: Peter reminds his audience that they have been saved in part, to have a way of life that points people to God.
Proposition: God wants our family life to be a distinctly Christian testimony to the power of the gospel.
Interrogative: How can we have a distinctly Christian home that demonstrates the power of the gospel?
Truth 1: The Heart of the Christian home is the Gospel: What does it mean for the home to be distinctly Christian?
- Does not mean moral
- Does not mean orderly
- Does not mean kind
- Does not mean disciplined
- Does not mean restrictive
- Does not prosperous
- It means that the gospel is properly understood and whole-heartedly embraced and centerpiece of all activity in the home.
Romans 5:1-2Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
- Peace with God
- Motivation to walk in holiness
- Enablement to walk in holiness
Truth 2: The distinct roles within the Christian home are articulated in the Scriptures: How does Christ command us to order the home?
Example: Christ and the church…Ephesians 5
- Husband: Provide loving leadership: Ephesians 5:23-25 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
- Wife: Complement your husband with reverence and submission: Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
- Dad: Bring your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord without provoking them to anger: Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
- Mom: Complement your husband enabling him to lead and guide the home in godliness: Proverbs 31; Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
- Children: Honor your parents obediently putting yourself under their authority: Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Truth 3: The activities practiced in the Christian home are articulated in the Scriptures: What activities should be going on in the Christian home?
Psalm 96:1-10O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Private Worship
- Family Worship
- Instruction in a Christian Worldview
- Church life
- Home life
- Care of the environment
- Care for the body
- Social interaction
- Care for the mind
- Role of authority
- The redemptive value of suffering and pain
Questions to Consider:
- Is the gospel the center of our home?
- Is your goal good discipline and morals, or salvation, discipleship and a Christian worldview?
- Do you understand your role in the home?
- Are you submitting to God in that role?
- Is private and family worship an integral part of your personal and family life?