The Home in Which Children Are Raised

Text: Genesis 1:27

God’s plan from the beginning was for a man and a woman to “be fruitful and multiply.” This would be done in marriage (Genesis 2:24). Unfortunately, this does not always work out – either through sin or tragedy – leaving single parents or other caretakers to do the best they can for the children. But the Scriptures emphasize marriage and the home – we must as well.

God’s Plan for Marriage

  • God designed marriage to be between one man and one woman for life (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6) – marriage, as God designed it, is to be held in honor (Hebrews 13:4)
  • God gave husbands and wives different roles in marriage – head/helpmeet (Ephesians 5:22-24; Genesis 2:18); work to provide/focus on the home (Genesis 3:17-19; Titus 2:4-5); discipline/nurture (Hebrews 12:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:7)
  • Both work together in raising children (Ephesians 6:4; 1 Timothy 5:10)
  • The Lord’s intention is for children to be born to married couples (Hebrews 13:4) – sexual relations are only authorized within the confines of marriage (Genesis 2:24)

The World’s Different Plans

  • Many do not respect God’s plan and believe they have equally good and acceptable arrangements for raising children – same-sex “marriage” (Romans 1:26-27); polygamy (Matthew 19:4-5); divorce (Matthew 19:9); living together without marriage (Hebrews 13:4)
  • Many do not believe in distinct roles for men and women – men and women need one another (1 Corinthians 11:11); they complement one another (Genesis 2:18); God designed men and women to be suited to the roles He gave them
  • The world emphasizes sexual activity outside of marriage and without any commitment – this results in out-of-wedlock births; not God’s plan (Hebrews 13:4)

The Parent/Child Relationship

  • The parents’ job is not to be a child’s friend (Hebrews 12:9) – this doesn’t mean they can’t have a good relationship, but parental responsibilities must be met
  • The parents job is not to be a child’s enemy either (Ephesians 6:4) – discipline must be for the child’s good, not as a way for the parent to vent some of his anger
  • Parents are simply to be parents – this important work must not be neglected

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