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Summary: This describes the individual responsibilities in the home.

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The Christian Home Part 2

Colossians 3

REFLECTION: We recently looked at the Characteristics of a Christian Home. By comparing our homes and hearts with the blueprint of God’s word, we can see areas that need some “Home Improvement.”

DIRECTION: Now we are going to focus on the specific roles and responsibilities the different members of a Christian Family are to fulfill in the development and design of God’s plan.

Part 2: THE CHARACTERS OF A CHRISTIAN HOME Vs 18-21

The home is God’s primary training ground for relationships.

1. THE ROLE OF THE WIFE She should cultivate attitudes of:

A. SUBMITION: (hupotasso: Line up under)

1) The Church is her example. Eph. 5:24 "Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."

2) She is mentioned first in every list of family Responsibilities. (Eph. 5:22-24; 1 Pet 3:1-6)

a) Her submission is related more to her relationship with the Lord than her relationship with her husband.

(See 1 Peter 3:1,2) “As is fit in the Lord” Co. 3:18

> You cannot be submissive to Christ and not be submissive to your husband.

b) Every time she fails to follow her husband she is out from under God’s protection. She is sending a message to the kids: “Rebel, Rebel, Rebel.”

3) Submission is not natural: It requires the Grace of God.

4) This instruction is to the wife. It is not addressed to the Husband.

It is not: “Husbands, make your wives submit…”

Sad is the home where the hen crows and the rooster is silent.

Spanish Proverb

B. AFFECTION Titus 2:4

"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,"

1) Toward their Husbands. “Love their Husbands…”

The word love here is the Greek word philandros: meaning fondness or affectionate.

2) Toward their children. “Love their children.”

The word love here is the Greek word philoteknos (fil-ot'-ek-nos) meaning maternal love.

3) Notice in both cases that such love can be taught. It is not always natural.

C. INSTRUCTION. “teachers of good things…” Titus 2:3

1) The Mother is the Primary Teacher of her children. (EVERY CHILD IS HOME SCHOOLED!)

2 Tim 3:14,15 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

2. THE ROLE OF THE HUSBAND

A. THE HUSBAND IS TO LOVE: (agapao: Sacrificial love) Vs 19

1) CHRIST is our example: (Eph. 5:22-32)

a) Unconditional love “as Christ loved the church”

b) Sacrificial love: “and gave himself for it”

c) Purposeful love: “that he might sanctify and cleanse it…”

d) Ultimately rewarding: “that he might present it unto himself a glorious church.”

> This is not natural: Men are Naturally Selfish. It too requires the Grace of God.


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