Sunday, May 10, 2015

Benefits of a Christian Home

A definition of a Christian Home:
#1 - wherein Christ is recognized as Savior and Lord by (at least) some
of the members of that home.
#2.  His Word is recognized as Authoritative
#3.  An attempt is made to LIVE accordingly - as if Jesus really IS Lord

On one hand, this doesn't guarantee that this will make a perfect home.   (human nature, frailty, individual choice, free will), BUT does have great benefits, advantages.

Also have:
1)  A Divine Presence - Mark 6:1-6 - God's power was not lessened, but He won't violate peoples' free will.
He is omnipresent (everywhere, all the time), but is most active where He is MOST welcome!!  (received, accepted)
Eph. 3:16-17 - "dwell".     If you are only Christian in the family, make Him Lord in your heart.

2)  An Authoritative Moral Code - Prov. 12:15, 28:26 - (in own wisdom, insights)  The way of a fool always seem right to him, thus, the reason for an authoritative Moral Code..
which = from God and = for all.
Contains  - instruction (for all areas of life)
               - challenge to provide
  (should have this in Christian home)
3)  A Visible Model.   So we have both:  A)  instruction   AND   B) demonstration

Touchstone Verse:  Prov. 14:1 - "build" (edify) - doesn't just happen!
1)  decision - planning, intent
2)  self-discipline - effort - doesn't happen in a day, week, month
3)  skill - need to prepare self, learn how to do
4)  on-going effort - dealing with eternal beings

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