Family minister Josh Lynn delivered an impactful message on the Canon of the Godly Family on Family Day. Listen to the sermon now, download it on iTunes for later. Also, you can read a special message from Josh below.
Hear the sermon from Sunday August 13 here or on iTunes:
Greetings Church Family,
I wanted to take a moment to expand upon the message that I had the opportunity to deliver last week. The message focused on the responsibility and the privileged of the parents to raise their children in line with the standard which God has given us through the Bible. This standard can only be designated by God, not by man.
It is our role as children to both obey and honor our parents (Ephesians 6:1; Exodus 20:12). We are to do this because it is both God tells us through Paul that "this is right," and through Moses that doing so yields blessing.
As a parents, your role is to train our children up in God's standard. We must understand that even our precious children are "brought forth in iniquity" and sin (Psalm 51:5). We have the opportunity to be co-laborers with God in the upbringing of our children, bringing them in line with the Canon which God establishes for our families and for us as individuals.
Here are two more points stemming from this sermon that I want to share with you:
1- The child's job in the relationship is more explicit and clear than the parents' job. Obeying and honoring, although not easy to fulfill, are easy concepts to understand. The role of parents in bringing children into a standard of godliness seems to be much cloudier. In order to give instruction on this, lets look to Deuteronomy 6.
In Deuteronomy 5, Moses recaps the 10 Commandments for the people of Israel as they prepare to enter the Promised Land without him. In Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Moses instructs them how to ensure that God's commandments are followed throughout the generations.
Moses tells them first to keep the commandments that he shares with them on their heart (Deut. 6:6). The first step in sharing God's truth with others is to keep God's truth for yourselves first. The second step is to share them with your children (6:7).
Moses then instructs the parents how to share these truths with their children:
"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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." -Deut. 6:6-9, ESV
The answer is actually quite simple. Talk to your children when you are at rest, when you are traveling, when you lay down to sleep, when you first wake up. Essentially, when you are with your children, be in constant instruction and seek to communicate the expectations of the Lord our God as well as His great grace and mercy. Moses then instructs us to keep the Word of God on our minds at all times. We should know the God's Word like the back of our hand, and when people look at us they should see His instruction reflected in us, and when they walk into our homes and our cities God's presence and our devotion should be naturally, not ostentatiously, evident.
If our children don't see God's love, grace, mercy, and righteousness reflected in their parents and their homes how can they believe what their parents merely say?
2- Even those of us who do not have children or do not have children at home share in the responsibility of raising children to a godly standard. The need for parental figures leading children into alignment with a godly standard is part of the reason for James and Paul's call to care for widows and orphans (James 1:27; 1 Tim. 5). We are responsible as a family of God for caring for the children in our homes and in our communities. Let us join together in the good work of raising up children in righteousness!
Thank you for listening and reading. As a final call to action, I will ask you to now pray for your families, pray for the families of those in our community, and pray for those who take up the role to lead our children. I will join you in prayer for your families even as I type these words.