BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24
INTRODUCTION: This study intends to focus on some aspects of the family life that are very essential for steady spiritual growth expected of Christian homes. May the Holy Spirit teach and bless us as we study, in Jesus’ name.
Worship simply means reverence and respect given to God – Ps.95:6. God commands and deserves our worship – 1 Chr.16:29; Ps.150:6. Consider who God is truly:
a. El-Shaddai – Gen.17:1
b. Love – 1 Jn. 4:8.
c. Strength of Israel – 1 Sam.15:29.
The true Christian home is special before God – 1 Pet.2:9. Every member of the family should worship God – Ps.150:6. Your family should stay together. Constant assurance of divine presence is needed – Ps.22:3. With worship, darkness recedes from the home – 1 Jn.1:5.
Consider a few examples of family worship: Cornelius – Acts 10:1-2; Joshua 24:15; Louis/Eunice – 2 Tim.1:5.
Ideally, the Christian family should be potential soldiers/tools of Christ ever ready to launch deep into the enemy’s camp. Therefore, there is the need to be on guard daily. Do not get entangled with the affairs of the world. Affairs of this world are devil incarnates – 2 Tim.2:4; 1 Jn.2:15-17. Tame your appetite, otherwise, you will suddenly become spiritually weak – 1 Cor.7:5, 29-31. It is better to teach by examples than by precepts – Col.4:5. Redeem the time. The days are evil. You will account for your slothful hours – Eph.5:15. The rod should be applied for correction and reproof especially in the lives of the children – Pro.14:24; Pro.22:15.
The Lord owns you, your family members and all that you possess – Ps.24:1. Consider the example of the Corinthian church that gave to themselves and to God generously. That two shall become one involves your financial view points as well. Keep joint bank accounts – Amos 3:3. Submit your financial programmes to God – Ps.37:5. Jesus must be the centre of your family budgeting – 1 Cor.10:31. Order your priorities well with spiritual consideration on top of the list. Support God’s work e.g. Aquila and Priscilla – Rom.16:3-4. Avoid being spendthrifts. You are accountable to God and anyone who does not provide for his home is worse than an infidel. Note that the love of pleasure leads to:
i. Poverty – Pro.21:17.
ii. Spiritual death – 1 Tim.3:6.
iii. Unpreparedness – Lk.21:34.
Jesus is still on the throne to handle all your family needs. Hand over all to Him today and He will help you.