Family Sunday Message
As we are observing Sunday the 6th November as family and parish Sunday, I would like to share few words about family.
God said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” (Genesis 2:24-25).
The Bible reveals the family unit as the most important foundation to all other social structures. The requirement for the members of a Christian family is that they all be Christians, having a true relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. A good Christian family is one that lines up with biblical principles and one in which each member understands and fulfils his or her God-given role.
The family is not an institution designed by man. It was created by God for the benefit of man, and man has been given stewardship over it. The basic biblical family unit is comprised of one man, one woman—his spouse—and their offspring or adopted children. The extended family can include relatives by blood or marriage such as grandparents, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. One of the primary principles of the family unit is that it involves a commitment ordained by God for the lifetime of the members.
The contemporary culture is in a deep crisis regarding marriage and family today. While the crisis has important political, social, and economic ramifications, in the ultimate analysis only a spiritual return to the biblical foundations, will address the root issue of the current crisis. Marriage and the family were God’s idea, and as divine institutions they are not open to human renegotiation or revision. The Bible clearly teaches that God instituted marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, a lifelong union of two partners created in God’s image to govern and manage the earth for him. In keeping with his wonderful design, the Creator will normally bless a married couple with children, and it is his good plan that a family made up of a father, a mother, and several children witness to his glory and goodness in a world that has rejected the Creator’s plan and has fashioned a variety of God-substitutes to fill the void that can properly be filled only by God himself.
Four basic principles for every home are found within Genesis 2:26-27.
Growth or Development – “leave his father and . . . mother”
Permanence – “cleave to his wife”
Unity – “they shall become one flesh”
Intimacy – “both naked and were not ashamed.
Children are given two primary responsibilities in the Christian family according to the Bible (Ephesians 6:1–3): to obey parents and to honour them. Obeying parents is the duty of children until they reach adulthood, but honouring parents is their responsibility for a lifetime. God promises His blessings on those who honour their parents.
A godly, bible based, evangelical, and holy family is a place where God reigns as the supreme focus over all else. It is a home where the harmony of heaven graces the earthly sphere as the participants share in the structure that reflects the Tri-une family, the Godhead.
May grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus
Rev Thomas Koshy