Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part Two: How to Function Biblically in Today’s Family

I’m going through a series here at Between the Times, sharing what I have found to be some biblical and practical thoughts on parenting. Earlier this week, I laid out what it looks like when Christ is Lord of the home, as demonstrated in Colossians 3:18-21. Today I want to share another outline that lists some important qualities in each member of the family, as we consider how to function biblically together.

We live in a day where we quickly think of ourselves more as consumers than anything else. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of only thinking of what we can get out of a relationship rather than what we can give. But the truth is that we are all called to action out of the love that Christ has shown us, and the family is where this can many times be seen best.

I adapted this outline from materials I gleaned from Dr. John MacArthur many years ago, and it is my hope that seeing these things in a somewhat concise list helps give a picture of how we serve each other.

How to Function Biblically in Today’s Family

I.   The Responsibilities of a Christian Husband/Father.

1)    Love (Agape type)                                  Eph. 5:18-33; Col. 3:19

2)    Lead                                                          1 Cor. 11:3

3)    Labor                                                         1 Tim. 5:8

4)    Learn                                                         Deut. 6; 1Cor. 14:35; Eph. 6:4; 1 Pet. 3:7


II.  The Responsibilities of a Christian Wife/Mother.

1)    Submit                                                       Eph. 5:18-33;  Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1-6

2)    Support                                                     Prov. 31:10-31

3)    Stabilize                                                    1 Pet. 3:4-6

4)    Socialize                                                    Titus 2:3-5


III.  The Responsibilities of Christian Children.

1)    Obey                                                         Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20

2)    Honor                                                      Deut. 5:16; Eph. 6:2-3

3)    Repay                                                       1 Tim. 5:4


Next Tuesday, we will look at what God intended in building Christian marriage and the family. Feel free to interact and add any thoughts in the comments.

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