Christian Family

Christian Family

Families in Union with Christ

Last night’s Bible study was Lesson 23 in the series “Ephesians: Living in Union with Christ.” Focusing on Eph. 6:1-4, we considered what happens when the Gospel begins to transform the most basic human relationships–in marriage and in the family. The Word of God speaks first to husbands and wives, but it does not neglect children. God addresses children directly in His Word, as members of the family of God, as “the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Jesus…

An Introduction to Family Worship

In the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, when parents bring their children before the Lord for baptism, they promise to teach them the Scriptures, pray regularly for and with them, and bring them up in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” I can think of no better means of fulfilling those vows than through the regular practice of family worship. This is the first in a series of posts I plan to write on the principles and practice of family worship…

Raising Children in the Covenant

I came across a wonderful article on raising covenant children written by Douglas Kelly and published in the Banner of Truth magazine over 40 years ago. The article is a distillation of the wisdom of Cotton Mather, from his treatise, Cares About the Nursery. To summarize, there are three essential ingredients to Christian parenting: the Bible, the Catechism, and the Sermon. While not in the foreground in the article, it seems worth pointing out that apart from the Spirit of…