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The Church In Troublesome Time For The Family

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The Church In Troublesome Time For The Family

Willie Alvarenga

Introduction

Proposition: God’s Word can provide help for troublesome families

Objective: Present biblical information which can help troublesome families.

Quote II Timothy 3:14-17

Comment about passage and how God’s Word is able to make us ready unto every good work. For this reason let us consider God’s Word on this very important subject that has been assigned to me.

It is indeed an honor to be part of this meeting. I thank Brother Robert Dodson and the elders for extending me the invitation to be part of this very important event. It is my prayer that all of us be edified through the lessons that will be presented this day and tomorrow.

I really appreciate events like this one in which we have the opportunity to be instructed in the Word of God. Faithful preachers have been invited to be part of this meeting. It is my conviction that much good will be accomplish in this meeting; and the church will be edified indeed.

A great topic has been assigned to me this morning “A church in troublesome time for the family”. Why is this topic important?

1.It is a much needed topic

2.It is a Bible topic: family is of divine origin, for God instituted it

Therefore, may we learn as much as we can from this lesson. But, before we enter into our discussion, I would like to encourage each and every one of us to search the Scriptures to see whether the things that I’m about to say are so (Acts 17:11). Please probe all things, and hold fast to that which is good (I Thessalonians 5:21). The reason why I’m asking you to do this is because of what I John 4:1 says: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits whether they are from God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world”.

In this lesson I want to discuss the following information:

1.Our present and sad reality that is taking place in most families.

2.Establish the fact that there is assurance from God to trouble families.

3.Present a few biblical principles that can save our families.

4.Encourage the church to be of great help to families who struggle in life

With this in mind, let us delve into God’s Word and consider what He has to say on this very important subject.

As we consider our topic, “the church in troublesome times for the family”, let us consider the following:

Our present and sad reality

We are living in difficult times today. I believe that many passages from the Holy Scriptures can be used to describe the way most of our society is living today. Please consider the following passages: Hosea 4:1-2; Jeremiah 51:5; 6:16; I John 5:19. We must remember that Satan is trying to destroy families. He is described with the following names:

1.A roaring lion (I Peter 5:8)

2.Our adversary (I Peter 5:8)

3.Our enemy (Matthew 13:39)

4.The hinderer (I Thessalonians 3:5)

5.The tempter (I Thessalonians 2:18)

6.The father of lies (John 8:44)

7.Murderer from the beginning (John 8:44)

Each of these names pretty much describes the intentions that Satan has for every family. He wants us to be destroyed. God wants us to be successful, and Satan will try his best to go against God’s desire. This is why he is working in the lives of many families. We must stay awake and defend our families against the wicked one.

What is our present reality concerning most families today? Well, all we have to do is watch the news and read the newspaper to see what is going on. Sadly to say, we have the following taking place today in most families:

1.Children being born out of wedlock

2.Teenage girls getting pregnant

3.Parents who don’t care about their children

4.Children who don’t care about their parents

5.Children killing their parents

6.Parents killing their children

7.Young people giving themselves to the pleasures of this world (Drugs, sex, violence, etc.)

8.Parents who don’t take the time to teach the Word of God to their children

9.Parents who don’t take their children to church services

10.Women practicing abortion

11.Single parents raising their children

12.Divorces taken place every single day

13.Husbands being unfaithful to their wife

14.Wives being unfaithful to their husbands

15.Families where God is not one of the members

16.Families where the Bible is not respected

Does this alarm you? Is this something to be taken lightly? Are you experiencing some of these problems in your family? If so, what are we doing about it? What does God think about this situation? I believe that it is time for families to wake up and do something about it. This is why I encourage all of us to be attentive to this lesson. Let us consider very carefully what the will of God is concerning this alarming situation.

As we consider this sad reality, let us remember that…

There is a powerful solution to trouble families, but you must consider becoming part of God’s church!

One thing that I would like to stress is the fact that there is a solution to families who are going through difficult times. The Bible argues that God can help us to be victorious over Satan. But, before you can obtain God’s help, you MUST be in His son, Jesus Christ; you must be part of His church. In order for a person to be able to receive help from God, that person must turn to God in obedience to His will (Hebrews 5:9). First, you must obey the gospel in order to be in Christ (Acts 2:47; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4). Once you are in Christ, you will be at a location where all the spiritual blessings are (Ephesians 1:3). And, a person who is in Christ has the benefit of obtaining help from our heavenly Father.

God’s help is one of the blessings that Christians can enjoy:

When troublesome times come, families must trust in God’s help!

In God’s Word we can find comfort to know that He will help us (Exodus 14:14; John 16:33; I John 4:4). For example, the apostle Paul said: “But thanks be unto God who gives us the victory through Christ” (I Corinthians 15:57). He also said: “God leads us from victory unto victory through Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14). We can do all things through Christ, who gives us the strength (Philippians 4:13). Paul also argued that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:36-39). Each of these passages is full of comfort for all families. There is hope!

God has promised help to every family who turns to Him. His promises still stand: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), “Cast you burdens upon the Lord, and He will sustain you, He will never allowed the righteous to be shaken” (Psalm 55:22), “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but from all of them, God will deliver him” (Psalm 34:19).

Our heavenly Father has told us exactly what to do in order to be able to save our families from the wicked one. Therefore, in this lesson, I would like to present to you a few principles that will help you to have a successful family, that is, the family that God would have us to have. May I encourage each and every one of us to be doers of God’s Word and not hearers only (James 1:22). Let me encourage you to let these words sink into your ears (Luke 9:44). If we want to be happy and successful in life, we must keep God’s Word in our hearts (Luke 11:24).

When troublesome times come, families must consider the following principles:

Principles to consider for a successful family

There are many principles that God’s Word presents to us in order that all of us may consider and apply them into our daily living. Let me remind you that God’s Word is able to make us ready unto every good work (II Timothy 3:14-16). Therefore, with this in mind, let me suggest to you the first principle:

1. The principle of Bible knowledge.

Yes brethren, Bible knowledge is one of the main principles that can help us to have the kind of families that God would have us to have. How can God’s Word help trouble families? Please consider the following:

1.God’s Word was able to change the lives of those who were slave to sin (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

2.Same thing can happen to families who experience difficult times in their lives.

3.God’s Word can help children to be the kind of children God would have them to be.

4.God’s Word can help husband and wife to be what God would have them to be.

5.God’s Word can help parents to be what God would have them to be. We MUST follow the Bible if we want our families to survive!

6.God’s Word can instruct us in the right way (Psalm 119:105)

7.God’s Word can help us not to sin against God (Psalm 119:9, 11)

8.God’s Word can make us wise unto salvation (II Timothy 3:15)

9.God’s Word can make us wise and intelligent people (Deuteronomy 4:6)

10.God’s Word can help us to overcome the temptations of life (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10)

11.A lack of Bible knowledge can lead us to destruction (Hosea 4:6, 14; Isaiah 5:13).

12.Families need to be dedicated to the study of the Scriptures (II Timothy 2:15).

13.Parents need to guide their children to obedience and reverence towards God’s Word (Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Proverbs 22:6).

Another principle that will help us is…

2. The principle of Love.

This is another principle that must be practiced by each family member. If we want our families to survive we must have love for one another. Parents need to love their children. Children need to love their parents. Husbands need to love their wives. Wives need to love their children.

Sadly to say, in most homes, love is not present in the hearts of its members. Many children have gone into the pleasures of the world because parents don’t love their children as they ought. Wives become unfaithful to their husbands because their husband is too busy doing other things in life and has no love for them.

The Word of God instructs us to have love for one another. Jesus himself said: “A new command a give you and that is to love one another as I have loved you, to love one another…” (John 13:34-35). This love is to be practiced by each family member. Parents need to love their children as Jesus loved His disciples. This is the kind of love that can help us to be victorious over the attacks of Satan. Is love active in your family? You, parents, are you loving your children the way God instructs us? You, husbands, are you loving your wives the way God instructs you?

What are the benefits when love is present at all times?

1. Children will submit and respect the authority of their parents

2. Parents will love their children

3. Husband and wives will love each other and strengthen their relationship

4. Wives will respect their husband as the head of the home

5. God’s blessings will be present at all times

May God help all of us to cultivate love in each of our families. This is what God really wants from us!

The third principle to consider is…

3. The principle of Prayer.

It is time for God’s people to start believing in the power of prayer. There are times when I think that some of us have forgotten that prayer really works (James 5:16; Jeremiah 33:3). Families, who pray together, will survive and remain together. How often do you pray as a family? Is prayer a vital part in our daily living? Do we pray for our children every day? Do we pray for our wives every day? God, in His Word, instructs us to devote ourselves to prayer. May we never forget the following passages: (I Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2; Romans 12:12). Remember that prayer has the power to help us overcome temptations that can destroy the family (Matthew 26:41). The more we pray, the closer we are to God!

God desires that there be…

1.Children of prayer

2.Young people of prayer

3.Husbands of prayer

4.Wives of prayer

5.Parents of prayer

Why do we need to be families of prayer?

1.We need to pray for wisdom

2.We need to pray for our children

3.We need to pray for protection against the wicked one

4.We need to pray for the whole family.

May God help us to be convinced of the power of prayer in our lives. This is the way to survive and defeat our enemy!

Finally, when troublesome times come, the church can be of great help to families:

The church must help troublesome families

I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of the church to teach what God has said in His Word. Each gospel preacher and teacher of the Lord’s church must emphasize these truths to every one. The church can be of great help to trouble families if we abide in the teachings of God’s Word.

If the church wants to be of great help to the families, she must:

1.Teach God’s Word faithfully

2.Strive to be a positive influence in the lives of others

3.Strive to be faithful to God

4.Strive to love God

5.Strive to provide helpful instruction for families

If these things are present in each local congregation, the result will be great. Only in the church you will find the best solution to trouble families. Why? The answer is obvious: The church follows the instructions of God which are found in the pages of the Bible.

Conclusion:

May God help us to consider and practice the principles that have been discussed in this lesson. Let us remember that our eternal salvation and that of our children depend upon this. To God be the glory!

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