North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..September 2016
Providence, as we start this sermon series for the month of September, we are blessed to do so under the theme “Spirited Filled Home.”
I’ll have you know that home is not a home, without a family. In the early biblical times, the family was composed of all who claimed kin to the father of a household. This included the wife (or wives), children, unmarried brothers and sisters, parents and other relatives, as well as servants and concubines.
The father's position in the family was that of possessor and master. The mother also possessed considerable authority over the family, and she was given due respect and honor by her husband and children.
We need to know that in order to have a spirited filled home, there are biblical principles we must take upon us, as the early biblical families did. The early biblical families knew that to dishonor a parent was a crime punishable with death as recorded in Exodus 21:15, 17, which reads, "And he that smiteth his father or his mother, shall be surely put to death. And he that curseth his father, or mother, shall surely be put to death.”
Needless to say, in this present day and age, we find that the father, if he can be found in the home, disrespects the mother and abusive to her. I might add here, my mother and father were married more than 60 years. I have never heard my father verbally abuse my mother and I have never seen him raise his hand to hit her. As a result of our father respecting and honoring our mother, it led us, as children respect and honor our mother.
I often wonder if children nowadays know that it is recorded in the Bible that it is a crime punishable death to smite their father or mother. I often wonder if children nowadays know that to dishonor or disrespect their parents results in a short life upon this earth.
Now! Don’t get upset with me. I did not make this rule. And, it is not my responsibility to enforce this rule. My responsibility, in this regards, is to apply this rule to my life and feed you with knowledge and understanding relative to this rule, in hope that you would make it applicable in your life. God, by the blood shed of Jesus, is the righteous Judge here, not me!
I will say that if we are to have a spirited filled home, that is a home where the spirit of God dwells, we must teach our children to obey their parents in the Lord; for this is right.
Now! The question may be asked, “What is so right about obeying your parents?”
Well, the first commandment with a promise, which is found in Exodus chapter 20 and verse 12, records these words, "Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Paul has much to say about the family life in this book of Ephesians. I like the fact that he stresses the need of bringing all family relationships under the principle of Christian love.
I will have you know that when Christian love abides within a home, the spirit of God will indwell that home. And, when the spirit of indwells a home, there will be respect and honor for the father and the mother in that home.
There are many things we can do to ensure that we have the spirited filled home God desires for us. However, for the sake of this sermon series this month, we will reflect upon three of the many major factors that leads to a spirited filled home:
1. Child Centeredness
2. Childrearing Practices
3. Family Elasticity
Child Centeredness is one of the most important aspects if we are to have spirited filled home. Time must be taken to listen to your child to understand and entertain their ideas and include their suggestions. Yet, we must not fail to train them up in the way they should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverb 22:6).
Childrearing Practices includes indoctrination of the young with a strong sense of morality and humanness. Humanness in this sense means treating your child or children with respect, but not as equal. We cannot expect our children to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves. We should not do things with our children that we should do with adults. A child is a child. A child must be taught to stay within a child’s place, no matter how old they are or become.
Point in case, at 28 years of age my dad told me that he would whip me, even though I was grown.
Now watch this! I was 32 years of age and had a 5 year old daughter, before my father shared a drink of alcohol me. My dad made sure that I understood and stayed within my place.
When a child stays within a child’s place, it leaves little to no room, if any, for a father to provoke his child. It was for this reason Paul said in Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 4, “And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Now! In order to bring your child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, we must have Family Elasticity.
Family Elasticity is the ability to network throughout the family line by and through communicating one with the other. Remember the story of Jacob's sons who were jealous of their brother Joseph in the book of Genesis chapter 37? They refused to network through the family. They were not open in sharing and receiving information with each other. In their failure to do so, it resulted in their jealousy overcoming them to the extent that it forced them to sell Joseph into slavery.
Joseph’s brothers failed to understand that lack of family elasticity resulted in their being overcome with jealousy to the extent that they forgot that “together, we shall overcome. Divided, we will fall.”
The spirited filled home cannot and will not stand where there is division. It was for this reason Jesus said in Mark 3:25, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Join me and let us become united as one, to have not only a spirited filled home but a spirited filled nation.
To God be the glory!
Because of Calvary!
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for September 2016
The Spirit Filled Home
To be close to God, be closer to people
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666