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  • Pastor Ryan 11:00 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Benefits of Home Discipleship – Part 1 

    Family WorshipEric Wallace in his book “Uniting Church and Home” lists several benefits to the home discipleship model.  I will list and discuss these benefits over my next several blog posts to help us consider the urgent need for families to live out the biblical mandate of home discipleship.

    Benefit 1: A household approach helps to heal the hurting, to clear up the confused, and to rebuild broken lives for victory. He states that by opening up our hearts, homes, and lives to others we provide a haven for healing. This benefit results when families are active in opening their homes to others in fellowship and discipleship.  We therefore live out what we are learn from God’s Word.

    Prayerfully consider how you and your family can reach out and show the love of Christ to those in your community and workplace.  Then take action and live the great commandments to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

  • Pastor Ryan 10:34 pm on September 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The Biblical Mandate for Home Discipleship 

    Family Worship

    The biblical model for home discipleship begins with the families in Genesis and is mandated by the Lord in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. Verse 7 states that parents are to teach the commandments of the Lord to their children diligently “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” This is not a Sunday morning only endeavor. Parents are to “diligently” disciple their children throughout the day, every day of the week. Ephesians 5:25-26 states that husbands are to teach the Word to their wives. This is how a husband loves his wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians 6:4 places the responsibility of the discipleship of children on fathers in that fathers are to bring up children “in the training and admonition of the Lord.” For a household with no father, the mother must assume this role and the church should come alongside her to equip and assist in the discipleship of her children. This is best accomplished family-to-family in day-to-day life when families use their gifts to serve and love one another.

    The household approach to discipleship is not only biblical, it also has many benefits to the church.  I’ll discuss these in future blog posts.

  • Pastor Ryan 11:01 pm on September 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The Biblical Model of Family Integrated Worship 

    Family WorshipThroughout the Bible the model for corporate worship is one that includes all generations of life. Parents, children, youth, singles, and seniors all unite in corporate worship of the Lord.

    Several passages of Scripture indicate the biblical model for corporate worship is one of age integration and for families to be together. Noah led his family in worship in a culture that rejected the gospel (Genesis 6-9; 2 Peter 2:5). Abraham led his family in worship (Genesis 22). Job also led his family in worship (Job 1:5). The Israelites worshipped together as families (Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 12:43).

    Families worshipped together in the New Testament church as well. Both Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20 address children, who were present in the worship service, to obey their parents in the Lord. There is no text of Scripture which describes or prescribes age segregated corporate worship. When families are together for corporate worship they have a common spiritual vision to walk in, grow in, and be held accountable to. All members of the household can discuss the worship time together and benefit from each other’s experience in a way that is difficult if each family member has been to their own age-graded worship service. Heads of households can then continue the study and application of the text that was preached throughout the week within their family, enabling the family to better learn and apply what they learned in the corporate worship experience together.

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