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What Are You Teaching Your Family About Church?

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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 6:6-7

In our text Moses is describing the process of discipleship within a family. It starts with the parents who have the Word of God on their hearts. This becomes the sticking point because in reality you as a parent cannot impart upon your children’s hearts what is not on your own.

In Matthew 28:19-20 we have the Great Commission from Jesus Christ where He tells us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” At the heart of what the church is all about is making disciples and in essence that is the process through which one person influences another person to become like Christ. The Scriptural basis for this premise in found in 1 Corinthians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 11:1 where the Apostle Paul says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

The relationship between the church and the family is no accident and has been clearly laid out for us in the Scriptures. Ephesians 5:22-26 says, “Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the Word.” It is the Word of God that teaches us the proper way to love and serve each other within the family, as well as, within the church.

Our text places this teaching responsibility squarely on the shoulders of parents. The question is in all the things we are teaching our family, what are we truly teaching them about the church? Last week I shared with you the importance of praying for your church leaders. Rather than criticize and complain about the imperfections we detect in the church we should teach our family to love and pray for the church where God has placed us. After all once your imperfections become apparent isn’t your desire for grace and love?

Our text talks about seizing every moment to teach your family the commands found in the Bible that pertain to godly living and blessing. Part of teaching your family about the church is leading them to worship together with the church. This not only encourages your family but it is also a testimony to unbelievers about your love for the church that Christ gave Himself for.

If we follow the analogy given in Ephesians 5 comparing the relationship between a husband and wife to that of Christ and the church then we must teach our family to not merely like the church or serve the church but to deeply love the church. Just as my commitment to my spouse is of an unconditional love we must make the same commitment to the church.

Anyone who has honored their commitment in their marriage relationship for significant period of time knows that unconditional love is not always easy. Unconditional love means that I continue to love regardless of whether or not I agree with my spouse on everything or receive the response I feel I should. What a shame it is today that our commitments in marriage or in church membership have become valueless. It’s time once again to teach our family to look past disagreements and imperfections remembering that each and every one of us have received God’s unconditional love and should strive to show that same love to one another.

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