Ministry in the Family

Teach Your Children Christ

God designed the home for ministry. This is a fact that can be easily overlooked as families set about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The kids need to get to this event, mom has this meeting, dad is running late from work. The struggles never seem to cease. Even when the family is collected all together, it can be a temptation for mom and dad to simply let them be. A quiet, or occupied household can often be a treasured treat. And yet, the Lord tells us that the home is for more than just running errands, making it to practice, doing chores, etc. The Lord created the home for intimate, gospel-centered ministry. Read these words about parenting…

...that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:2-7)

From this text, we need to see three things. [Read more…]

Holding Marriage in Honor

Marriage is under attack. It always has been attacked – look how quickly the design of marriage is perverted in the historical accounts in the Scriptures – and will continue to be attacked. Some opposition comes in the form of pressure from the world to conform to a pagan plan for marriage, or from the calculated attack of anti-christs who desire to destroy the biblical model, and of course from the evil one who seeks the failure of all that is good. The line of attack is recognizable historically and culturally from abdication of biblical roles in marriage and family, to divorce, then the floodgates of no-fault divorce, the prominence of egalitarianism, homosexuality introduced through humorous media, arguments for same-sex marriage, and the current attempt to eliminate gender through opposing male and female restrooms and the introduction of new, non-gender pronouns. The attack on the biblical design of marriage is certainly apparent and continuously demonstrated.

The people of God must return to a healthy conviction of Hebrews 13:4 and faithful application of its principle. “Let marriage be held in honor among all,” writes the author of Hebrews. We call attention to this principle in particular as we reach Matthew 19:1-12 in our study of the first Gospel, making this first Sunday in June not only a significant gospel opportunity as always but also a poignant cultural moment as well. As we seek to live faithfully and respond appropriately in the context of marriage, I would call attention to several recommended resources on the topic of marriage.

The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller

Two Becoming One, Don and Sally Meredith

When Sinners Say I Do, Dave Harvey

God on Sex, Daniel Akin

Sacred Sex, Tim Gardner

What Did You Expect, Paul Tripp

The Mingling of Souls, Matt Chandler

If you prefer a sermon to a book, or find it easier to listen to audio, John Piper has preached “Marriage, Christ, and Covenant: One Flesh for the Glory of God,” a series of  14 sermons on marriage.