A. Three institutions have been ordained of God
1. The church has a divine purpose
a. Preaching the gospel
b. Edifying the saints
c. Performing works of benevolence toward Christians who find themselves in difficult circumstances and are unable to help themselves
2. The home or family unit was designed for the rearing of children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord
3. The civil government was permitted after the kingdom of God changed from a theocratic state to a universal spiritual kingdom under Jesus Christ
B. The home is the basic unit of society and has been so recognized by most of the governmental institutions of the world
1. In recent years some liberals have sought to re-define the home as those persons who live together at a common address
2. God defined the home or family as a married couple, rearing children, and showing loving care for aging or aged parents, and other family members who were incompetent to be self-sufficient in personal management
C. God’s purpose in organizing the home or family relationship was clearly to provide a means of care for the gestation, incubation, birth, nurturing, maturing, educating and spiritualizing tomorrow’s citizenry
1. We should recognize that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”
2. Effective, spiritually oriented homes must be free from all evil influences such as sexual uncleanness, perversion, corrupted marriages, bad literature and habits, evil speaking, substance abuse which harms the body and/or damns the soul such as alcohol abuse, recreational drug abuse, use of tobacco; lascivious behavior in regard to speech, dress, and bodily movements. Dishonest and disrespectful behavior in society has no place in a Christian home. Honest labor with noble purpose is the order of the day in the Christian household.
3. The home must be full of love and mutual concern among family members.
D. What kind of home would God have our homes to be?
1. Should be obedient to God’s laws in every way.
2. The vow of every young couple starting out should be to form such a home.
E. The married couple are partners, working together to accomplish God’s purposes.
1. Eve to be a helpmeet for Adam (Genesis 2:18; I Peter 3:7).
F. How could anyone choose less than to be Christian parents, with a mutual understanding of God’s laws and purposes for their home?
G. Children reared in morally and spiritually upright homes should make the best Christians and, in turn, parents themselves at a later time.
H. To a great degree, children follow in the footsteps of their parents.
1. What will your children think of you when you pass on?
2. What kind of examples are you setting for them to imitate?
3. God paid a great compliment to Abraham (Genesis 18:19).

A. His place is one of importance.
1. He is the family leader (Ephesians 5:23).
2. He is charged with the responsibility of “bringing up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
B. The primary burden for supporting the family rests upon the father’s shoulders (I Timothy 5:8).
C. The father is also the leader in providing discipline (that is, training, instruction and correction) in the home.
1. He must be just, fair, loving and merciful – following the example of God, his Father.
2. Consider passages such as Hebrews 12:7-11; Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13).

A. Her place is one of importance (Proverbs 18:22; 31:10).
B. Christ is said to be the head over man, and it is no disgrace! (I Cor. 11:1 ff)
C. Why should it be considered a disgrace in our society for a man to be the head over a woman, his wife?
1. God so designed the home and family relationship (Ephesians 5:23).
D. Study the powerful contrasting pictures which God drew of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, versus the picture of the harlot in Proverbs 7.
E. Women should desire to have children, and to love them properly.
1. Note Paul’s statement in discussing the “widow indeed” in I Tim. 5:14.
2. The old testament culture represented it to be disgraceful for a woman to not have and rear children.
a. Case of Hannah, the mother of Samuel (I Samuel 1; and Hannah’s prayer of praise in I Samuel 2:1-10 NASB).

A. Children should honor their parents (Ephesians 6:2-3).
1. Consider also Proverbs 15:5, 10.
B. Some admirable traits of youth: (S-O-A-P = self, others, authority, property)
1. Respect for them selves
2. Respect for others, and especially for the aged
3. Respect for authority
4. Respect for the rights and property of others
C. Consider the tree which stands tall and straight in well-watered soil (Psalm 1).
1. Strive to make the fewest possible mistakes in life; do not champion the ideal of “learning the hard way”, or graduating from the University of Hard Knocks!
2. Forget the stupid idea of “sowing your wild oats” (Galatians 6:7-9).
D. Our wonderful possibilities!!!!
E. What shall be our ambitions?
1. Boys – a strong body?
2. Girls – become social leaders?
F. The Real Goal ( Ecclesiastes 12:1).
G. My associations:
1. Shall they draw me into evil? (I Peter 4:1-5; I Corinthians 15:33).
2. Or, shall I draw them into good?
3. The behavior of young people in a worship service tells me a lot about the character of those young people, and it may also raise real questions about the quality of their upbringing.

1. This is not an exhaustive study of the home, but a
2. Thoughtful overview of a Biblical picture of the Christian home.
3. Consider it.
4. How could a nation not be a better place if this model were followed in the formation of the basic building blocks of our society?

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