December 30, 2018
Passage: 1 Sam. 2 : 18 - 20 ; 2 Tim. 1 : 3 -7

Jesus Christ’s birth, sinless life, painful death and resurrection, was God's chosen way to save mankind and bring them back into His holy family. Our theme for today reflects how God chose Abraham because He knew that Abraham would trust, obey and worship Him.

He knew that he will be a father who was capable of teaching his children and household to keep the way of the Lord (Gen. 18).In Joshua 24: 15b, Joshua declared publicly, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." - If God were to select your family as the foundation of His church, how will His church be?

If we want to raise faithful families and grow future leaders, we must start in the home. That is where true discipleship starts. The Church must, therefore, focus much attention on families.

The family is key to the future of the Church, because it is unquestionably the best place to grow disciples.
Deut. 6:6-7 admonishes us to let God’s word remain in our heart. "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart..God said, when you sit in your house, when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Morning, afternoon, and night, parents are to teach their children God's Word. God’s plan and purpose for the family is unmistakable; to pass down His laws from generation to generation, to preserve the story of God’s works, commandments, and His love for His people.
1 Samuel 3:1b,- Word of God was rare in the manse of the priest Eli, and the results of that made his children to grow becoming wicked men living wayward lives. 2 Tim 1:4-5 urges Christians to share your faith with your children. Disciple-making is serious business to be done by serious-minded believers.
A Christian family does not magically appear, it must be worked out. Parents must be serious about the task of passing on their faith. Parents must teach their children how to live in the way of the Lord daily and also be an example to them.

I wish all parents well as you bring up your children in the fear of the Lord. The Lord through His Holy Spirit accompanies you to fulfil this task to His own glory.

Amen

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