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God’s Help for the Family

01 May

God’s Help for the Family

Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-7

Purpose: Moses wants to warn God’s people that their future enjoyment of their covenant relationship with God was dependent upon their willingness to instill a fear of God in their children that would point them to trust in the coming Messiah, and to walk in humble obedience to their covenant God.

Proposition: God wants us to shape our children’s worldviews leading them to salvation and discipleship through instruction in the context of our daily living.

Interrogative: How do we do this?

God’s tools: 6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

  • Meditate on the nature of the Gospel: 1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
  • Study and internalize the Word of God: 2 Timothy 3:17 The word of God was given that we might be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
  • Have a consistent Biblically prioritized prayer life: Philippians 1:9 Paul prayed that their love might abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
  • Do not neglect the local church: Ephesians 4:12-13 The church body and all the gifts is for the equipping of the saints, for the edifying of the body of Christ, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Our context: 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Our personal walk affects our children:

Exodus 20:4-6 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

I Kings 15:25-26And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years.  And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

1 Kings 22:41-43And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.  Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.  And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD:

Our relationship with our spouse affects our children

  • Gender and family roles are shaped by what children observe in the home.
  • Solving problems and making decisions are shaped by what children observe in the home.
  • Resolution of conflicts is shaped by what children see in the home
  • A child’s view of love and submission are shaped by what they see in the home.
  • The credibility of our Christian faith is strengthened or weakened by what our children see in the home.

Our local church affects our children: Ephesians 4:12-13 The church body and all the gifts is for the equipping of the saints, for the edifying of the body of Christ, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

  • Our children’s view of worship is shaped by the church we attend.
  • Our children’s pool of friends is shaped by the church we attend.
  • Our children’s doctrine is shaped by the church we attend.
  • Our children’s approach to Bible study and interpretation is shaped by the pattern they see in the pulpit of the church we attend.
  • Our children’s commitment to the body is shaped in the church we attend.

Our choice of education affects our children: Psalm 1:1-2Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

  • Our children’s worldview is shaped by those we allow to school them.
  • Our children’s friends are chosen within the environment we allow them to be schooled.
  • Our children’s life skills are shaped by those we choose to school them.
  • Our children’s future spouse is likely chosen in the environment in which we chose to allow them to be schooled.

Questions to Consider:

  • Are you focused on the gospel?
  • Are you focused on the word?
  • Are you on your knees?
  • Are you committed to God in the context of the local church?
  • Are you patterning and teaching a Biblical worldview in your daily living?
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