Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 3: Building a Christian Marriage and Family – What Did God Intend?

As we go through this series covering biblical and practical thoughts on parenting, we’re looking at several different aspects of a biblical home. Today I’m sharing a simple outline, looking to Scripture, to consider what God intended for a Christian marriage and family. When we build those units in our own lives, we must examine our Creator’s intent for biblical people, biblical purposes, and biblical principles. I adapted this outline from Dr. John MacArthur, and in my experience have found the concepts to be very true.

Building a Christian Marriage and Family

What Did God Intend?

 I.               Biblical People

  1. People committed to the family.                          Col. 3:18-21
  2. People committed to each other.                          John 13:34-35
  3. People committed to life-long love.                      1 Cor. 13; Phil. 1:9-10
  4. People committed to God’s will.                          Rom. 12:1-2

II.             Biblical Purposes

  1. Complete Companionship                                                Gen. 2:18-23
    •  Keys:  Communication, Conflict Resolution, Commitment
    •  Times of Crisis:    a) Arrival of Children; b) Adolescence Period; c) Empty Nest; d) Death of a Loved One; e) Financial Problems; f) Care of Elderly Parents

2. Sexual Fulfillment                                                 1 Cor. 7:3-5; Heb. 13:4

3. Responsible Parenting                                          Psalm 127, 128

 4. Family Unity                                                        Deut. 6:4-25

 5. Church Symbolism                                               Eph. 5:18-33

 III.           Biblical Principles

  1. Monogamy                                                           Gen. 2:24-25
  2. Fidelity                                                                 Matt. 19:1-9
  3. Heterosexuality                                                     1 Cor. 6:9-11
  4. Mutuality                                                             Gal. 6:2; 1 Cor. 7:1-7; Phil. 2:3-5


 “Biblical people become biblical partners who can become biblical parents.”

Next, we’ll look at some more practical ideas for managing the home front.

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