Summary: This series covers five topics in raising children so that they develop a relationship with Jesus. A helpful acrostic for FAITH - Faithfulness, Accountability, Integrity, Truth, and Hope.
Building a Culture of FAITH in the Family – Part Two
Gages Lake Bible Church
Sunday Evening, June 6th, 2010
Pastor Daniel Darling
We’re continuing our series “Building a Culture of FAITH in the Family.” We’re using the acrostic FAITH to represent the five core values in a family.
Last week we discussed the importance of “Faithfulness.” What is it that God asks or calls parents to do? Are we solely responsible for the turnout of our children or do they have a free will? And what role does the Holy Spirit play?
We saw God as the Heavenly Father, with children who didn’t always “turn out.” And we realized that our job as parents is to obey the Scriptures, be faithful to teach our children about God, to have a culture of faith, and then release them. Let them go into the world and to God’s care. The Bible instructs us as parents to be intentional, not passive, when it comes to our children.
Tonight we come to the 2nd core value. “Accountability.” Now this encompasses quite a bit. You might say discipline. You might say boundaries. But I think the term “accountability” captures the whole message of what God desires in a family structure.
We have four questions we’re going to answer tonight.
1) Why Do We Need Accountability?
a. God established law
i. Genesis 2 - Accountability and rules were established by God at the dawn of Creation. God put Adam and Eve in the perfect environment, but there was structure:
1. There were rules. They could eat everything in the Garden, except for the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil.
2. They had roles. Adam was to be the protector, his wife Eve was to be the helpmate.
3. They had jobs. Adam was to be the steward of Creation.
ii. Genesis 6:5 – When sin entered the world, the need for accountability and order is even greater.
1. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
2. The flood was God’s judgment or punishment for sin.
iii. Genesis 9:4-7 – After the flood, God established a covenant with man. God gave rules and structure for order on the Earth. In one generation sin lead to murder and so here with Noah, God gives specific rules:
1. Be fruitful and multiply
2. Restrictions on the treatment of animals
3. Life for a life – life is sacred, murder is punishable by death.
iv. All through the history of God’s dealing with man, He has laid down laws. With the children of Israel, He gave them a law, which enabled them to be set apart, holy, for Him.
1. Most of those laws applied only to Israel during that time.
2. Moral law—the Ten Commandments – have applied in all ages at all times.
3. Romans 2:15 says this law was written on our hearts. Every human is born with a conscious knowledge of right and wrong.
b. God has always established and instituted lines of authority, through His creation.
i. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For, for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Romans 13:1-6 (KJV)
ii. The Bible articulates something called “sphere sovereignty.” God has given clear spheres of authority and rule to three specific entities:
1. The family, which is the first institution created by God.
2. The government, which is given for our good and protection, because of the evil of the heart of man. We may hate the encroaching powers of the government, but lack of a government is worse. Anarchy is worse.
3. The church, which is God’s ordained and established body for worship, edification, and instruction in the Word.
4. All three must respect each others lines of authority.
2) What are the benefits of boundaries?
a. Boundaries and rules are God-given for our good.