The Blessed Christian Family
Vendor: Elm Hill
Number of Pages: 144
As for this second book, each topic of the books explains the following matters:
The Blessed Christian Family
Family is a unit created by God Himself. Since the very beginning when God created man, He planned to make man as the object of His love. This book explains what kind of people are blessed with a good family and what kind of blessed family God promised.
Inviting God to be present in our homes is the core or essence of family worship which was revealed by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 18:19-20.
The writer’s family has been doing family worship for more than twenty-five years and he give an example of the liturgy of family worship they usually do. He also explained the blessing he and the rest of his family received because of this family worship.
The Major Ministry
Serving or ministering is not an unfamiliar word for God’s children, and if we intend to discuss matters related to service or ministry, certainly there are many related aspects we can dig into. Therefore, this book discusses only two of them. Those are:
The concept or perception of ministry.
The major ministry.
Since 2003 the writer has been spending time to make a study of blessings. Why? Because the writer wondered why God has been so kind and generous to him and his family. This book explained that in fact God has provided incredible blessings for us and the writer will discuss only 7 greatest blessings. What are they, and how can we get them, and where do they come from.
Our Attitude in the House of God
Many people assume that because we are saved by grace, we may act at will in worship. If we read Isaiah 1:10-15 we will find out that God was so angry at people who entered God’s house improperly, exceeding His wrath to the idol worshippers. Why was so? Because when we enter the house of God in inappropriate manners and attitudes, we are actually insulting God as the owner of the house. And the Lord pronounces His punishment to those who insult Him.
Worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth
John 4:20-24 explains three types of worship, namely:
Worship prior to the existence of the Law.
Worship based on the Law.
Worship in spirit and in truth, that is applying the Word of God in every second of our lives wherever we are.
To be Children of God or Servants of God
Today there are many Christian sermons and songs with the theme that “Our life is for serving God.”
If we read Luke 10:38-42 which tells about Maria and Marta, Jesus said that sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to His Words considered to be the best choice, because God has made us His children so as to become the object of His love! For to be near to God and keep listening to His Words will enable us to draw closer to Him and get a deeper relationship with Him, to understand His will so that we can do His will and become God-pleasing children.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. What is the meaning of a gift? A gift is “God’s grace” or “God’s generosity.” Why is it so? At least there two reasons: First: God does not need our ministry or service. Second: Our abilities are inadequate to meet the qualifications God wants. Furthermore, Peter's letter also clearly explains that we have to perform our services with the strength God provides for us. Technology makes a lot of people so self-confident, as if they can do anything. Yet the truth is that we, as human beings, are not able even to create the grass we tread upon. The major ministry or service the Lord has assigned to us is to teach the Word of God over and over again to our children, to talk about the Word of God at all times and at every occasion, even write the Word of God at the best or most prominent places in our homes. What is God's purpose by that? Malachi 2:15 explains that God’s requirement is a family with godly offsprings, children of God. God very seriously desires that every descendant of God’s child become a godly generation, even God once planned to kill Moses because Moses neglected to carry this out.