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CFC CLP Talk 7: The Christian Family
Transcript of CFC CLP Talk 7: The Christian Family
The Authentic Christian Life
God's plan for the Family
But God's plan for families is not happening. Why not?
What can we do?
Make a decision that in your family, you want God's plan to happen
Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong family
Pray together as a family. Make prayer a common and daily occurrence in your family.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. -1Peter 5:8-
The family is under attack by evil forces
The family itself is losing its importance
The pace of modern life has become fast. This has made it difficult for lasting relationships to develop.
Parents no longer bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord
God has lost His central place in the family
The family as the basic unit of society is no accident of history
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”- Genesis 1:27 28 -
God intended man and woman to be one, no independent individuals producing babies, but husband and wife raising a family
The family is a place for training leaders.
God created man, male and female, with their physiology so formed as to enable man to increase and multiply and fill the earth
The family is a place for teaching and training children
Christian Life Program Talk # 7
the family as an institution today...
The man said,“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.-Genesis 2: 23-24-
A place to transmit wisdom and values of life
Wisdom is not just knowing a lot of things, but refers to practical ways of living according to God's ways.
Parents FUTURE PARENTS, need to review your own values and see the place of Jesus in your life, because these are the values your own children will learn
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. -1 Timothy 3:4-5
A man who is a proven leader in his home can be a church leader. He receives his basic training in his own home
The family is a domestic church...They present God to their family..They present their family to God...
More and more parents look to psychology as a source of wisdom for raising their children.
Husbands and wives do NOT follow God's order for them
Stress on materialism & an easy life.
Through the years, many of its responsibilities have been taken over by other groups in society
Modern recreation facilities allow very little interaction among family members
The family has become dispensable.
Father Lucas Trevant: What is it that you believe?Michael Kovak: That's not the devil.Father Lucas Trevant: Does a thief or a burglar turn on the lights while he's robbing your house? No. He prefers you to believe that he's not there... like the devil!
"Father Lucas Trevant: You be careful Michael, choosing not to believe in the devil will not protect you from him."
You know, the interesting thing about sceptics, is that we're always looking for proof... the question is, what on earth would we ever do if we found it?
Fathers should take steps to assume full responsibility for the spiritual and material needs of the family.
The wives should support their husbands and not take over their roles. Encourage your wives to help you in taking your responsibilities
Learn more about God's vision for your family
Attend teachings on marriage and family life.
Read Christian books and magazines
Seek other Christian couples who share your concern about family life, and be in regular fellowship with them.
You can look forward to developing real friendships and life giving relationships
To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.- Pope John Paul II -