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. 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. He was not oldest, strongest or most likely to succeed. God, through Paul, prohibits women from doing things in reference to the men of the church, that is: 1) teaching and 2) exercising authority over them. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. 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. The Israelites later destroyed the city of Jericho but spared Rahab and her family. 1. Her perspective is an important one in the family and very necessary. From the beginning Scripture establishes the family as the primary conduit in which God deals with us. The story of Rahab, the prostitute from Jericho, who put her trust in Israel’s God and hid the other spies. Often the father will turn to his wife to seek her perspective and viewpoint in matters of family, planning, and decisions. Many passages in the Bible give evidence of women working diligently in Christ's service. Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. We are part of the great family of the redeemed, of whom He is the Father and protector. In the mainstream churches, more and more women are becoming elders and heads of churches, pastors, and so on, and now it is starting to creep into the greater churches of God. Paul's instructions to churches in Ephesus, Corinth, Colossae, and on the island of Crete, regarding women’s submission remind us that, in a sinful world, even Christians struggle with the idea of submission. Paul tells us that the Family of God is named after God Himself. It's fun, it's easy, it's interactive, and it's what families will be talking about long after the church service is over. Take some time today to look for common interests and talents among your family members. Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Even after separations as much as fifty years, God wants them back together. This is the design that God chose from the very beginning and it does not make men any better than women. The husband and father must lead in this as his wife submits to his efforts and direction, in working under Christ to produce a Christian household. ( John 13:34). I. 3. I Corinthians 14:33-35 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 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. First of all, we are to love the Lord. 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. We must be willing to yield to the influence of the Spirit of God's Son. Now one final text which is very similar to I Timothy 2, but is directed to a different congregation is in I Corinthians 14. This list gives 15 ways in which we can serve God by serving … And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. A family is a small social group of intelligent beings and therefore must be organized with a leader. God protects those who reject his authority. It is not a position that we can decide that we do not want, nor can we pass it to another we may consider to be more qualified. People serve the Lord for many reasons. We receive this supply by faith. The text: "The whole family in heaven and earth" – God’s one family in heaven and earth. WE SERVE BECAUSE OF JESUS For most people in America Labor Day is a holiday. This is the direct opposite of the picture of family discord and fragmentation that seems to be the norm in so many Old Testament illustrations and throughout human history. 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. God uses the unchangeable features of servants for His Glory! 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. Bereavements are the deepest and the most sore of all the griefs that come to mortal life, the separation that heart sustains in death. He is also making for Himself a family of sons and daughters who will obey Him, serve Him, praise Him, revere Him, and reign with Him in His Kingdom forever and ever. Just as the church has been influenced by feminism, so also has the family. Then there is the wife/mother who submits to the leadership of her husband and respects him, then their children who obey parental authority. He uses the Old Testament creation account to prove his point. He was overlooked and even abused. Society did not assign him this position, it was God who placed him at the head from the beginning and emphasized it to Eve. We see that biblically and we see it in the world today, but that is not the ideal that God has established. There are some people, even in the church today, who dislike the God-given plan for family relationship. Romans 16:5 . We take on the name of the divine family as well. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. By the way, he didn’t take a family vote, or even see what the kid’s opinion about church and God was. It is a unique situation when men do not stand up, or when the men are unavailable, that women take that position. 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. Without a head, disorder and chaos result. Serving God with all we … God wants that for us, too. 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. A great family is a saved family...a serving family… 3. INTRO. | 4,584 views. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. Men have abdicated their God-ordained leadership roles, producing chaos and confusion in the wake of this abandonment. Everyone belongs to one or the other. Paul gives no suggestion of women elders in this passage on the qualifications for elders. 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. From John the Baptist, we learn what it looks like to serve God wholeheartedly and really make a difference. The family is the unit through which God enables His covenant. If the father or the head of the home declares himself to be a Christian, then he presides over a Christian household—the members of his family are Christian by default, based on the decision of their father/husband. In church history, we find very often families gather together in each others homes to worship God on the Sabbath. 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. Every father can be a blessing or a curse to his wife and children, to his children's children, and so on. "The Family 5" is what would traditionally be called a "kid's sermon," but we don't call it that. He didn’t then; he doesn’t now. 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. Before this adoption we were like aliens or slaves, but now, being adopted, we have been taken into the family of God. Male responsibility and passivity is an enormous problem that has frustrated and destroyed many wives, families, and churches. If we want to serve God as a family, we need to take the time to identify our talents and interests and work on developing them as a family, regardless of age or degree of ability. Individuals still affect other members of the family as a result of their own behavior. What such advocates fail to understand is that God's plan is not one that burdens, frustrates, or deprives an individual. God sets the lonely in families, not just in the comfort and care of human families, but ultimately in the care and fellowship of the people of God. It must be a sanctified family. WE ARE CREATED TO SERVE II. His plan is not one that burdens, frustrates, or deprives an individual, but rather is one with abundant blessings attached. It must be a sanctified family. God says of His chosen people in Hosea 11. Ephesians 5:24-33 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Now I Timothy 2:11-14 should alone settle the question of women elders. We know from Titus 2:3 that the older women are encouraged to be teachers of good things. If you drop it - pick it up. He will not accept a partial commitment. Peter addresses the importance of serving God in 1 Peter 4:10-11: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. To allow others to steal this leadership demonstrates severe weakness in character and lack of obedience to principle. The father’s decision should be honored and respected by all members of the family, even when they do not agree with him. There are stories of miracles involving children as well as in the family scene of Jesus' visits to the home Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. WE ARE CALLED TO SERVE IV. If you sleep on it - make it up. He has gone ahead, through a resurrection to glory as the Pioneer. He must be of the utmost importance in our lives. "The Family 5" is what would traditionally be called a "kid's sermon. 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. 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. It is God's pattern for the family. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Glorifying God is the purpose for our individual lives, as well as our family life. 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. Part 11 - "Home Edition" November 29, 2020. Policies and rules must be established and decisions must be made daily. 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. Good leadership and good administration give the head of a household credibility and respect, which are qualities that can help motivate a family to serve God. Women's submission is part of a series of subordination and headship relationships: God; Christ; Man; Woman; God is head; Christ is head; Man is head; only woman is not referred to as head. He means that we participate in the true Family of God and so must act accordingly. 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. Ruth 3. There in that little formula which God has given is the formula for success in a marital relationship. God is first called Father in Deuteronomy 1:31, as Moses recalls for the Israelites how God carried them into the desert, as a father carries a son. These may not be momentous decisions at times but may simply be needed to avoid confusion and keep order. Christianity did not abolish God's original design for men and women, but rather it brought it into better focus. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Note that Group B, those who serve God, are called righteous, whereas Group A are called wicked (3:18). In the meantime, in any specific generation, somewhere between the beginning and the end, God consistently channels His grace and justice through family units however large or small they may be. Explain that whenever we serve others, we are serving Heavenly Father. Since I Timothy 5:17 states that elders lead and teach the church and since women are not to teach or lead men, it follows therefore that women cannot be elders in the church. Dedicate all of your passions to God. As we fulfill our God-ordained family roles, we qualify to become joint heirs with Jesus Christ, ruling over the entire universe. When we submit to Him we are adopted into His Family and we become His children, whether male or female. He said you take a man and you take a woman and the two become one. Listen to Dr. George Theroux as he dynamically delivers this message, “To Every Problem There is a Solution.”, Hwy 69 N. & Electric Ave. Exit • McAlester, OK. My training for worship has three main goals: That children learn early and as well as they can to worship God heartily. He was born into a family where jealousy, comparison, and distrust were the rules of the game. Maybe there is interest but limited ability. WE ARE SAVED TO SERVE III. An early example is the story of Noah's family as God calls Noah and his whole family into the ark to be preserved from the Flood. Serving God with all we … Contributed by James Powell on Dec 27, 2006. 3:15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Service starts with God! As a family, decide on some things you could do together as you serve with your whole self. You will find support for that in I Corinthians 11:3; I Peter 3:7; I Timothy 4:7; and II Timothy 3:6. “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” [1] The way of salvation is taught by godly people; but the Spirit of God must make the dead individual alive in Christ. Colossians 3:18-20 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Serving with Your Whole Self. Ultimately the abdication of male headship is a refusal to submit to Christ's word and Lordship. Jesus recognized that. The Israelites initially took to heart God's covenant with Abraham. But he maintains the right to step in when necessary or when important to do so, not as a tyrant or a dictator, but as a loving husband and father. A major aspect of the churches social arrangement concerns the behavior of women in the congregation. As men assume their roles as leaders of families, this also extends into the church and into the community. He didn’t live in town, and go to the wilderness on weekends. Yes there have. And those who live without the Lord often accomplish great things in the world. Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. The truth is, serving God by serving others is not always easy. Now in verse 14, Paul illustrates, from their fall into sin, the necessity of maintaining the creation distinctions between man and woman. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. Revelation 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Click here for other messages in this series…. Paul concluded in I Timothy 2:12, in the same way that he began verse 11, insisting on women being silent and this silence is a concrete expression of the principle of submission. God expects the head of a household to manage it well—to administer the family in the right way. 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. Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Even if … Ephesians 3:14-15 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Eternal life is waiting for those who are submissive to God. The father has the God-given right to establish rules of conduct, expenditure of money, laws of the household, and educational planning. Again fathers are told not to be dictators or tyrants and rule with a heavy hand. We observe this immediately in government, in business, in social groups, in the military, and so on. So Jesus points the Jews to God who should be their Father and, to Himself, the one who can show the way to that Father. We will read verse 11. The extended families are included as part of the "whole family.". It is the mutual ministry of every believer in the family of God to every other believer in the family of God. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Designed for those created as male and female - Mt 19:4 3. Joseph came from a family that was in many ways “out of bounds.” It certainly was not a neat, clean, one man-one woman nuclear family. Obviously the family is paramount to God's plan. Therefore the qualifications of the overseer is to be the husband of one wife and one who manages his own household well. "The Family 5" is a short five-minute sermon experience designed with both kids and grown-ups in mind. Now what do we have to look forward to if we learn how to function according to the pattern of God's Family? 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. A great family is a saved family...a serving family… 3. Since men are supposed to be the heads of the family, they must also be the heads of the community. It tells us of His equality with God and of His coexistent humanity. That is the gift and desire of our merciful Father and His Son Jesus Christ. It is mind boggling that professing Christians out there in the mainstream ignore such a direct and obvious statement. WE ARE CALLED TO SERVE IV. Abraham, for example, was the father of Israel. 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. I Timothy 3:4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence. 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. It says here the husband of one wife, not the wife of one husband in the qualifications. God’s has brought you together in flesh and spirit that you might have children who love God and serve him and whose seek to glorify him. She told him that he was not forceful enough in asking the boss for a raise. Radical feminism has deteriorated and compromised all human institutions—from governmental, educational, corporate, religious (including certain segments of the greater church of God) right down to the family structure. From this we know that when the writers of the epistles refer to their fellow believers as brothers and sisters in the Lord more than 100 times, they are not simply using an attractive and emotionally compelling illustration, it is much more than that. In the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles often spent time with or referenced families. In the family, the husband submits to Christ and the wife submits to her husband. So it is better that we learn this principle and lesson now. SERVE THE LORD IN THE COMING YEAR ROMANS 1:8-16 [8]First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. The parents train their children in the fear of God without exasperating them. That’s the way God meant for it to be. It is the most ideal plan for the family to live by in obtaining order, unity, and peace. A Family Sunday will incorporate ways for the family to experience worship together such as communion, prayers said aloud with the whole church, worship songs that everyone know and can sing to, a sermon that is appropriate for all ages and elements of the service that invite participation of parents/caregivers and children such as Scripture readings by families and prayer as families. Joshua 23:25; Genesis 18:19; Exodus 23:25. According to the concept of household salvation, God saves the entire family unit, not just the individual expressing faith. Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Both husband and wife cannot lead at the same time, it has never worked. 1. Serving God with your Family. Man’s position is to lead. WE ARE GIFTED TO SERVE V. WE ARE COMMANDED TO SERVE VI. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. When did he tell them to choose who they would serve? God made Abraham to be the physical father of many nations and, at the same time, the spiritual father of those who have faith like his in the heavenly Father. (Moody Handbook of Theology, glossary) Jesus lived as 100 percent human and 100 percent God. There can be no doubt that daily we mistreat members of our own family. This is not something that just happens. It is a celebration of the unique rights and freedoms … They feel that it places too great a burden on the man or is unfair to the woman. God is not the author of confusion, so what orderly pattern of the family does God expect humans to follow? To this can be added the detail from the requirements for eldership, that an elder must be someone who is. It is desirable to have men be the elders of the Christian community because the structure of leadership has to be set up in a way that supports the entire social structure of the community. Men do not tend to be as gullible, by nature, as women tend to be. We are heirs and our Elder Brother and High Priest supervises our spiritual development and prepares us to be kings and priests, reigning with Him. The family in Genesis is a picture of security and protection, and at the same time a picture of conflict and victimization. Now the household codes of duties in the New Testament define the interdependent and complementary roles, obligations, and responsibilities of the members of the family. Doctrine and Covenants 59:5. How God Sees Family. The heavenly family is eternal whereas the earthly one is temporary, a distinction that Christ made clear. She saved not only her own life, but also her family and all who belonged to her. Nick Minerva In ... TEXT: John 11:17-45 This week’s sermon is entitle Miracles in the Midst of Grief. Primary commitment must go to the heavenly Father. There are some people who serve the Lord because of legalism; they're afraid not to. 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. He says, “Because I have too many outside activities.”. First, the family is where we learn to glorify God and live for him. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” (Eph. Hebrews 2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren. Each divinely-ordered detail joins the larger flow of events that shapes into human history which moves along from one generation to the next. He said you take a man and you take a woman and the two become one. with all our heart, soul, and might. They are not honoring him in as much as they are honoring his God-given office or authority as the guide. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. There must be someone to direct activities to initiate action, and there must be someone upon whom responsibility and decisions fall. 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. But it also tells us of His ultimate exaltation, … From the very beginning, following the Creation - Mt 19:3-4; cf. Before class, draw the Five Rings of … The coming of Jesus Christ makes the call much more concrete, but in effect this call to love God and to be part of His Family is the same call that came to Abraham, the father who loved God more than he loved his own son Isaac. God sent His grace or judgment family by family as he visited Egypt that night. 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. Gen 2:18-24 2. The truth is, serving God by serving others is not always easy. Ephesians 5:22-23 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Paul begins his instruction on the male/female role with an explanation of its source in I Corinthians 11. Matthew 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. He again supports his restriction by appealing to the Old Testament scriptures and a command from God Himself. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This causes dysfunctional marriages and families. Let’s notice some truths about serving God with your family…, “And if it seem evil into you to serve the LORD…”. And "to establish it" means to place it on a firm foundation; to make it firm. Paul therefore had to reaffirm God's original creation order as revealed in the Old Testament scriptures. – Joshua 24:15. 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. This is because the woman is not even considered as being in line for eldership. Abraham's physical offspring came from his physical seed and are called his children, but Paul explains in Galatians 3, that the true seed, to which Abraham's family leads us, is Jesus Christ. Now in the New Testament Christ reveals that He has come to show God the Father to us which we may see by Christ's own example. 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2020 sermon on serving god with the whole family