Summary: The Home was God’s first institution that God made for His special creation, Mankind. Before there was a Church of a Temple there was a Home. This message gives some of the things a Home should be and have.
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
Fathers day 2001
By- Evangelist Gary Huckaby D.D.
(Preached at State line Christian Church 1989)
Our text is from the Gospel of John 19:27, please read along with me this morning as we are going to look at some aspects of the Home. "Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." John 19:27.
While the word home in this verse is not in the original text, but was added for enlargement of our understanding, it is the fitting word which expresses the desire of the Lord Jesus as he hung upon the cross that day. We are going to hear many other verses of Scripture that do have the word home from the original today.
My message today is simple. I would like to look at what a home is.
A home is not a house. It is those who live within the house. Those who spend their lives, or a part of their lives living and learning just what life is all about. So let us this morning, go to God’s word to see just what is meant by the word, HOME.
(Prayer) Our heavenly Father, we come to you this morning, seeking instruction of your meaning of a home. Bless us as we look into your book the Bible for some solid answers to our needs. Fill thy servant with thy Spirit, and bring the lost to Christ, the backslider back to God, is my prayer in Jesus Name.
A Place Of Instruction
Deuteronomy 4:9-10, "Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them to hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children."
We my friends are held responsible for what our children are taught. We are accountable for their instruction for life. The Home first of all is to be a place of instruction for each member of the family.
A Place Of Worship
1 Corinthians 16:19, "The Churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord with the Church that is in their house."
Did you see that, our house contains a church, and that church is our family. You say, Oh, preacher, that is not right, the Church is in a building which we attend whenever we want on Sunday morning, then may be on Sunday night, and possible on a Wednesday night at times. Yes, that is exactly what I mean. The Church is in you house if you are saved. And you expect faithfulness to your services don’t you. By the way Jesus Himself made the statement, "If two or more are gathered together in my name, I am in their midst." If Jesus is at a gathering of two or more, and your wife and kids, and you add up to two or more, then your house is a place of worship. Just as much as a building that people gather in and worship. The home is a place of worship!
A Place Of Duties
Proverbs 31:27, "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."
The home is a place of duties. It is a place for children to learn to work, it is the place where mother and dad learn to work more. If you don’t think so let me loan you my three children for about a month, you will learn what the true meaning of work really is. In 1 Timothy 3:4-5, and verse 12, the bible says, "One that ruleth well his own house, having children in subjection with all gravity; (For a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God?)" Now verse 12, "Let the deacons be the husband of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well." One of the worst things in our day is the fact of no duties for our homes. Too much TV, too many activities, too much laziness. The down fall of a home will start when no one does their duty.
A Place For Unity
Genesis 45:24, "So he sent his brethren away, and they departed; and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way." Again in Psalms 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"