THE FAMILY is the basic unit of society and the God-given design for spiritual development and community strength. The Family consists of your local (immediate) family, as well as your extended (Church and Christian circles) family. The Family is your vital resource for fellowship, accountability, teaching and love. The Family, ultimately, is not an end in itself. The Family is responsible to God and exists for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in the world.
As you know, today’s Christ-centered families are being threatened in a variety of ways. From compromises in Christian doctrine to preoccupation with worldly values and self-serving enticements, Satan will stop at nothing to drive a wedge in your relationship with Christ. Through the increased tensions and problems of our complex world that exists largely WITHOUT Christ, today’s “typical” pace of living has destroyed traditional family values and as a result, has had a tremendous impact upon family living today.
What’s the solution? THE FAMILY!
What Christianity is to accomplish in the pursuit of being Christ-like can best be done in The Family through fellowship. Heb. 10:25; Rom 12:5; 1Jn 1:7; Gal 6:2 — all are verses that bear witness to the importance and reward of family fellowship. As fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to be committed to Jesus and letting Him live through us in every relationship, in an atmosphere of Christian love and in Christ-likeness.
In a nutshell, the essence of the Christian family centers on growing in Christian character through the responsible and disciplined commitment to studying God’s Word. Each member in The Family grows through daily Bible reading, prayer, conversation and simply hanging-out together. The family grows through a sincere effort to overcome selfishness and selfish responses such as tempers, jealousy, criticism, nagging, complaining, lust, quarreling and so forth. The family grows through thanksgiving and gratitude to God through daily seeking of strength and God’s will, through His Word. In thick or thin; in joy and in sorrow, the family looks to God in faith, love, and hope. God has given us THE FAMILY to share and understand the joy of a relationship with Him and to live under Him as we live life with each other.