Summary: At a time of increasing turmoil in families, this sermon identifies some of the foundations that are needed to build a blessed family
5 FOUNDATIONS TO BUILD A BLESSED FAMILY
INTRODUCTION - Many buildings that look strong on the outside develop cracks and some collapse, due to the foundation being weak. Bad foundations produce bad buildings! It’s no different with building a blessed family. Didn’t the Lord Jesus Himself give us the parable of the house on the Rock and the one on sand (Matthew 7:24-27)? The house on the Rock stood firm because it had the right foundation. It is therefore vitally important that the right foundations undergird how we build our families, more so because Christian families are under severe attack from the forces of darkness..
That brings me to the main thought for today’s sermon.
PROPOSITION – Lay the right foundations for your family to be blessed.
In this message, I would like to share what I believe are 5 vital foundations for building a blessed family. They are:
1) THE FOUNDATION OF A HUSBAND/FATHER WHO ACTS AS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER
The scriptures tell us the husband is the head (Priest) of the home (Ephesians 5:23). He therefore needs to set the spiritual temperature in the family. This vital role cannot be delegated to the wife. The husband needs to direct the spiritual course of the home through teaching, prayer & example (Deuteronomy 4:9). The family is blessed when the husband takes on this responsibility. Sadly, the Bible has many examples of fathers who failed in this area (Eli, Samuel, David etc).
A family is also blessed when a man learns to graciously love his wife (Ephesians 5:25, 33) and children (Colossians 3:21) in spite of their weaknesses, because that’s how Christ loves His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:25-27, 29). Therefore, let’s respond quickly to their need in times of struggle & illness. I once heard a man of God say, 'One of the best examples of a Spirit filled man is one who lovingly cares for his wife with tenderness'!
Men, let’s remember that there are 3 times more verses for men than for the ladies in the teachings on family in Ephesians 5! As we approach the Christmas Season, a good example for us to emulate is Joseph, Mary's husband and our Lord’s earthly father. He heard from God (Matthew 1:20-21), he had character (righteous- Matthew 1:19), took great care of his wife (Matthew 1:24-25) and handled crisis situations with dignity (Matthew 1:19). To add to it, he taught Jesus spiritual principles (Luke 2:41).
Friend, when was the last time you led prayer at home? The last time you taught God's Word to your children? When did you last lay hands and pray over them prophetically (Genesis 48:14)? Have you spent quality time instructing them in God’s way?
Illustration – A mother was trying to teach her little daughter to say ‘thank you’ when receiving a gift. After instructing her, she gave her a glass of milk and asked, ‘Now, what should baby say?’ The daughter raised her glass and said, ‘Cheers’!
Children will follow our example! Father/Husband, let’s give godly leadership in our homes and that applies to me as well!