WHAT DOES A TRULY CHRISTIAN HOME LOOK LIKE
PROVERBS 14:1 Charles e. Whisnant 2011
Proverbs 14:1 “Every Wise Woman Buildeth Her House.”
Our consideration today deals with the Christian home. Is it possible to have a Christ centered home in 2011 with all the sin and trouble in the world? The truth of the matter is, you know it and I know it, the home falls far short of any such description. Christian homes are facing difficulty, let’s not fool ourselves.
I listen to Genesis this last week 50 chapters about the home. Every home was in a message.
For the most part the Christian home comes pitifully short of the Biblical norm; and we are all are very must aware of it, or at least we should.
This verse changes women with the responsibility for building up of the home or the destruction of the home.
The knitting together of family and the day-to-day-routine of creating a happy and comfortable place for a family to live.
The Desperate Housewives, The Real Housewives of Orange country. Atlanta, New York, Beverly Hills, etc. Swapping Wives, etc. are not examples of Biblical housewives.
God’s perspective on Womanhood: Proverbs 31
God is not opposed to beauty. After all God said after he created Eve: “very very good.” Beauty yes, but inner beauty. God put’s a high premium on Christian maturity. There are three qualiaties found in scripture that we will learn later in this short series.
The building of a home is more than keeping the house clean, but that is a part of it, washing the dishes which is part of it, and making a bed, its more than that. And we will learn later Proverbs 24:3 and here in Proverbs 14: Who is a Wise Woman?
1A WHAT DOES A TRULY CHRISTIAN HOME LOOK LIKE?
The nearest home that was ever on TV as Father’s Knows Best, or Leave It To Beaver.
The matter of the fact is: The Christian home is where sinners live.
The Scripture does not teach that the Christian home is perfect:. but a picture of parents who fail and often fail miserably. Where their children often fail, and certainly fail God. Children bring home D’s and F’s on the report cards, and kids throw tantrums is public places. As a matter of fact husbands and wives quarrel, and get irritated with one another.
2A WHAT MAKES THEN THE CHRISTIAN HOME DIFFERENT FROM THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR?
1B Christians admit their sins. I John 1:8-10. Christian are able to acknowledge the fact, and in time, learn to anticipate and prepare for sin. This home learns not to rationalize, make excuses, or blame shift the problem on others. They do not have to cover up what they know is sin, but confess it to the Lord. With the freedom to admit the truth comes the possibility of repentance, and with repentance there can be forgiveness and help from God and from one another.
Therefore, they can rapidly progress out of sinful living patterns as a result. They can then put their time and energies into the endeavor to replace sinful patterns with Biblical patterns of life. Rather then wasting time denying the facts of sin.
Chrisitans can concentrate on dealing with sin.
2C Christians know what to do about their sin: They can use Biblical precepts and examples successfully to handle sinful behavior. Proverbs is a great book for parenting.
3C Christians progress out of their sins. Where there is spiritual life, there is also will be spiritual growth. Where there is Bible study, prayer, fellowship in the house of the Lord, with other saints, the Spirit of God, God will work to produce His fruit.