Serving God as a FamilyBy John and Connie Cortright on 03/10/2019
1 Corinthians 16:15 KJV “...ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints”
1 Corinthians 16:15 - The entire household of Stephanas was devoted to serving.
Acts 16:14-15; 31; 18:8 - In Philippi and Corinth, entire households were converting to the Lord.
We are to live for God and devote our lives to Him as a family. The witness is not simply to show up on Sunday at church and then leave God out of your household activities for the other six days of the week. That is hypocrisy and religion. That is not “devoted to the ministry”.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:18-20; Psalm 78:4-7
You shall teach them diligently to your sons - talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Ephesians 2:1-3, 10-13, 19-22
We were formerly strangers from God and walked according to the course of this world. However, now we are the dwelling place of God. Christ lives within us. We should now conduct our lives according to the spirit of Christ that dwells within us, pursue a love relationship with, and follow when he guides us.
Jesus did not take us out of the world. Rather he has sent us into the world, just as he was sent into the world. We are in the world. But we are not of the world. We are Ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20). We are citizens of Christ’s kingdom - the Kingdom of God (Col 1:13; Phil 3:20). Our homes should exemplify Christ. When people see us, they should see Christ. It is possible to live in this world, and yet be separate.
God is at work in us to do His work. This includes your family. We can shine as bright lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse world.
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.
1 Peter 2:9-12
“You are a chosen race...a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”! Keep your behavior excellent among the nations.
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