THE FAMILY (Part 2) - Bible Study Lesson Outline

Posted in Teachings on March 29, 2016


Why talk about the “family”?
• A lot to learn about the family! More than you might realize. When you’re done with this lesson you’ll know a whole lot more than most people. ☺
• We are all members of a family, and one day most (or all) of us will have our own family.
• A family is a small version of a society. If you can understand the “family” you can understand the bigger picture of a city, state, or country.
• A family is something invented and promoted by God Himself. So that makes it important!
• The “family” is opposed in many ways by those who reject God. This shows us that we should pay special attention to preserving families.

This lesson is meant to…
• teach you what God says about the family and show you God’s design for a family from the Bible
• give you good information about family roles
• help you think correctly about the family
• help you one day have a strong family, be a good family leader, a good husband or wife, and a good parent
• help you be happiest - and do your best - as a family member!

A. A family is part (or, a subset) of a "tribe". Judges 18:19, 21:24. 1 Sam. 9:21

B. A family originates from a man. Ruth 2:1, Lev 20:5, Lev 25:41; Judges 6:15; Judges 9:1; Heb. 3:4

C. A family is called a "house". Micah 7:6; Heb. 3:4; Luke 1:27

D. A family/house starts with a husband and wife. (Gen. 34:8, 1 Sam. 18:27)

E. A family is strengthened when children are brought into it. (Psalms 127:3-5)

A. Husband
1. Love the wife (Eph. 5:28, Eph 5:33)
2. Lead the wife (Eph. 5:23)
3. Stay loyal to wife (Luke 16:18; 1 Cor 7:27)
4. Honor wife (1 Pet 3:7)
5. Praise and encourage wife (Prov. 31:28; Prov. 31:30)
6. Reward wife (Prov. 31:31)

B. Wife
1. Show respect to her husband (Eph 5:33)
2. Stay loyal to her husband (1 Cor 7:10)
3. Love her husband (Titus 2:4)
4. Be trustworthy (Prov 31:11)
5. Be good to husband (Prov 31:11)
6. Be respectable (Prov. 31:23)

C. Father
1. Don't provoke children to wrath/anger (Eph 6:4; Col. 3:21)
2. Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4)
3. Rule (manage) house (i.e. family) (1 Tim 3:4)
4. Have children in subjection with all gravity (1 Tim 3:4)
5. Provider (1 Tim 5:8)
6. Protector – example of Heavenly Father (Ps. 46:1; Ps. 82:4)
7. Exhort (to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings) (Prov. 5:1; 1 Thess. 2:11)
8. Comfort (1 Thess. 2:11)
9. Charge (give responsibilities to) 1 Thess .2:11
10. Pity (have compassion on) children (Psalm 103:13)
11. Show kindness, and give good things (Luke 11:11)

D. Mother
1. Love children (Titus 2:4)
2. Guide family (1 Tim. 5:14)
3. Comfort children (Is 66:13)
4. Advise and instruct children (Prov. 31:1; Prov. 31:26)
5. Stay watchful over husband and children (Prov. 31:27)

1. Training of child (Prov 22:6)
2. Teacher (Deut 4:10; Deut 6:7)
3. Model (example) of good belief and behavior (2 Tim 1:5)
4. Correction of child. (Prov. 29:17)
5. Discipline, reproof, giving of wisdom to children (Prov. 29:19)
6. Provide inheritance (2 Cor. 12:14). [Children are heirs of their parents - Rom 8:17]

F. Children
1. Subject themselves to parents. Luke 2:51
2. Obey parents in the Lord/in all things (Eph 6:1, Col. 3:20)
3. Honor their parents (Eph 6:2)
4. Requite (give back in return especially love) their parents (1 Tim 5:4)
5. Show piety - fidelity to natural obligations (as to parents) (1 Tim 5:4)
6. Take care of them in their old age. (Proverbs 23:22)

A. In the proper order - 1 Tim. 5:14
1. Marry
2. Have children
3. Raise family
B. With God’s blessing (Matt. 19:6; Mark 10:9)
C. On the right foundation – the Word of God (Matt. 7:26)

The Lord intended certain things to happen in one’s life, in certain way, and in a certain order. Parents to treat their children with patience, compassion, and love, and to behave in ways that are in the child’s best interests (discipline, teaching, provision, etc.).

When members of a family see and understand what God designed (and follow the design), they strengthen the whole group.

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