Building God’s Kingdom Through Family (Part 4)

Leah drawingHow can we help our children understand the ongoing importance of family in the purposes of God?

1.) Teach them that family is the oldest of institutions, from the time of Adam and Eve. Explain to them the mandate God gave to that first family to fill, subdue, and take territory in the earth. (See Part 1 of this series.)

2.) Show them the thread of God’s plan for family from Abraham to Jesus. (See Part 2 of this series.)

3.) Tell them that family did not start as a new idea at Creation. God, by His very nature, has always thought in terms of family. Two of the Persons of the eternal Trinity relate to each other as Father and Son. Even the angels are sometimes referred to as the sons of God in Scripture.

4.) Instill in your children a love for the Church — because it is the family of God. “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14, 15). Teach them to relate to other people in the body of Christ as brothers and sisters, who should receive our love and respect.

5.) Help them to understand that through Jesus they have become the sons and daughters of their Father in heaven:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:14-17

He is the King of the universe, and therefore they are royalty, and should act the part with grace. Explain to them the responsibilities of royalty and how to carry them out with humility.

6.) Teach them the concept of adoption. Use Romans 8:14-17 again. Adopted children have 100% of the privileges and inheritance rights of biological children. Therefore, what Jesus has is now equally ours as sons and daughters!

7.) Continuously build into your children  a sense of their God-given destiny. Help them to develop a consciousness that God has a specific plan for each of them, which has been in place since before they were born — since before the world was born, for that matter.

Our secular humanist society would have them believe that their existence came about as a random toss of chance, and that an amoeba was their ancestor. But God says He knew each one of us before time began.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, those whom He predestinated, them He also called; and whom He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified. – Romans 8:28-30

… He has chosen us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved.Ephesians 1:4-6

Help them to become familiar with Psalm 139. (Memorizing it would be a good idea.)

In this series, I have given you an overview of God’s plan for building His kingdom through family. Grasping it for ourselves and imparting it to our children is a huge task. But if we will ask for His aid, He will expand our understanding of all that it entails.

May you and your family be blessed, as you enter together into partnering with God for the establishment of His kingdom on earth.

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5 responses to “Building God’s Kingdom Through Family (Part 4)

  1. Hello Lee Ann. I am enjoying your articles. It is especially good to see a home education blog from a Spirit-filled perspective.

    I have a query. I discovered you from the old site, where you had some book reviews. I bought Streams of Civilization Vol 1 based on the review, among others. I also saw your concerns re Charlotte Mason’s series of books. I like some features of her ideas — although some are not uniquely hers, anyway. But what you noted about some humanistic elements, I have also seen. (However, I am not as mature in the faith as you are, so I won’t see everything so clearly.) We use a CM-style booklist, but I try not to get too hung up on following in Miss Mason’s footsteps — some mothers will insist on using the exact same books she used, for example.

    Would I be better off reading Ruth Beechick? I have her ‘Biblical Educatio

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  2. Hello Lee Ann

    I sent a comment before but it disappeared. I found you via your old site, and bought a book on your recommendation: Streams of Civilization vol 1.

    I also saw a very good article re Charlotte Mason methods. It is beginning to concern me that some sites, books etc. will go to her writing before advising us to use Spirit-led mother’s instinct or to seek the Lord in prayer or read the Word. I do use a CM booklist, but feel less comfortable about looking to Miss Mason’s writings, especially on child rearing.

    I would welcome your comments, especially as you are an experience mother and a Spirit-filled Christian.

    I tried posting before, but am having problems with some sites.

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    • Hi Anthea,

      The automated system put your original comment in spam, but I retrieved it, and it is showing up now. I’m so sorry that happened.

      I liked Charlotte Mason’s relaxed schooling method, really. I recommended Ruth Beechick because she advocated the same relaxed method, and I did not see in her writings the humanism which disturbed me in Miss Mason’s. As you may remember from my long-ago Charlotte Mason review, I was concerned about her belief that children are good by nature (which disagrees with the idea of original sin and mankind’s natural bent toward sin). I was also concerned because she read and constantly quoted the “higher criticism” thinkers of her day (people who did not believe the Bible was true in all its parts, did not believe in the deity of Christ, miracles in the Bible, etc.) Miss Mason believed in evolution, rather than literal, biblical creationism. She felt many of the Bible stories were only parables, not actual historical events. Those were my main objections.

      I have not personally investigated any of the materials out there which follow Charlotte Mason’s basic method, but I’ve been told by a number of mothers that For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for the Home and School, by Susan Macaulay, is an excellent book. Here is another article by a homeschool mother on that subject http://creation.com/charlotte-mason-and-susan-schaeffer-macaulay.

      I find that with most homeschool curricula, we have to do some adapting. Very few, if any, will fit perfectly with an individual family’s beliefs. So, we work around that. I think you have made a good point — that we must seek the Lord first in prayer and the Word, rather than blindly accepting everything a particular thinker in the homeschooling field has to say. If you keep inquiring of the Lord for how to best teach your children, He will guide you and put checks in your spirit when something isn’t right in the materials you have chosen to use. 🙂

      Thank you for reading my blog and commenting!
      Blessings, Lee Ann

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  3. Hello Lee Ann

    Thank you for that prompt reply. It was really helpful. I do wonder if we home educating mothers are so busy collecting the books, teaching and advising and reading aloud, doing the washing etc. that we forget about our time with the Lord. I am guilty of fretting over something rather than following I Peter 5:7

    I have read Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book, and also found Sally Clarkson’s ‘Educating the Wholehearted Child’ very helpful. She opens her book with a Bible Study to be completed before anything else. Perhaps I should do that!

    Thank you again for your words

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    • Hi Anthea,

      I was just reading an article this morning, in which the author suggested that after we cast our care upon the Lord, the best way to keep from taking the cares back into ourselves is by praying in tongues until the Holy Spirit gives us a settled peace which remains. He also suggested meditating on uplifting Bible verses while praying in tongues as a means of keeping those cares away. I do believe that if we put the Lord first, by giving Him our time in prayer, that everything else will go better for us. 🙂

      Bless you! ~ Lee Ann

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