What can a family do?

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42)

Christ is the head of the church (Col 1:18) and each member of the church is extremely important to the overall function in the church and the local congregation (Romans 12:4). The devil has worked hard over the years at convincing Christians that their part individually is replaceable and unimportant, but God reminds us that each member is set in order where He needs them (1 Cor 12:18). The Elders have chosen to place more emphasis on the families for just this reason, each of our families is important and vital to this congregation fulfilling the responsibilities God has placed on us. We are all working together to achieve the common goal of growing into the “measure and stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:16). It takes each of us, working together to achieve this goal.

If you want your family to grow together as a unit, and in service to God, I want to share with you four items we discussed this week:

  1. Study your bible together every day!  Faith still comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), and our faith must constantly grow (1 Peter 1:5-11). The early church understood they must be devoted to the study of the word of God (Acts 2:42) and in 2015 it is no different. Families who study together grow in faith together. It may seem odd at first, but God has promised you will see results. For reading ideas or devotional ideas look at chaptertochapter.com a wonderful blog put together by a member of the church.
  2. Spend time together: We have more modern conveniences than ever before and our families spend less time together. It is a sad time to see a restaurant or dinner table with phones everywhere and no communication. The early church knew they MUST spend time together to grow (Acts 2:42), and our families must spend time with one another, and the church to grow. DO not allow the devil to convince you that you do not have time to spend with one another or the church. I am reminded that we must make wise choices in who we spend time with (1 Cor 15:33). Lets spend it with our families and others working hard to make it to heaven
  3. Make sure to attend worship: The early church spent time in worship (breaking of bread – Acts 2:42), and worship I would assert with their family. Parents make sure your children are prepared for worship, make sure that your family attends and is excited about EVERY opportunity to worship God! Our worship to God is vital because God commands it!
  4. Pray: If our families ever needed prayer we need it now. The early church was a praying church (Acts 2:42). We can never pray too much, and there is always something to pray for. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). Pray for your family, and pray for the church, and pray as a family TOGETHER often.

The four items above aren’t exhaustive, but some ideas to help our individual families daily. They are simple, and doable. Do not let the devil convince you that you don’t have time! I heard an old saying that “If we don’t have time to pray and read the scriptures then we are far busier than God ever intended”.

Ande Z

Activities:
September 19th – Sylacauga Youth Day
September 22nd – Bi-Weekly Youth Devo
October 3rd– Pumpkin Patch at Baker Farms – $10 admission