Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Leigh's Thesis: Chapter 2 (8)


CHAPTER 2: THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK (part 8)

What should be taught? (cont'd)

Christ washed His disciples’ feet and then said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15, NIV). Our children see what we do when we spend time with them. But the behavior we model for them must be worth emulating.

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia” (1Thess 1:4-7, NIV, emphasis added).

If only the world could look at our families and say the same thing instead of echoing Romans 2:24 (NIV): “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Should we expect unbelievers (Gentiles) to emulate us when the majority of our own children raised in Christian homes don’t choose to be faithful as adults?

Paul continues to explain the sacrifice it takes to be a good model to those who are younger in the faith in 2 Thessalonians 3. Sacrifice is key.

1 Timothy 1:5 (NASB) admonishes, “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” Our families need to be trained to serve with love and really believe that the good news is good so others will be attracted to the Lord by our love for one another (John 13:35).

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