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A Christian Home
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Theme: Chrisitan Home - Worship is an integral part of a Christian home; it brings the members of the family closer to each other and closer to God.

Scripture:  Genesis 26:25

Hymn:  Happy the Home

I. The Patriarchs and Prophets
  A. They dwelt in tents. — Heb. 11:9; Gen. 26:3; 33:20; 35:1
  B. They were active missionaries.
    1. Built altars — Gen. 9:20; 12:8; 13:4; 35:1-3
    2. Preached the gospel of righteousness by faith — Gen. 4:26; Jude 14; 2 Peter 2:5
II. A Christian Home
  A. Homes here are temporary.
    1. It is a sign of pilgrimage. — Gen. 47:9; Ps. 119:54
    2. We have no abiding city in this world. — Heb. 13:14; 1 Chron. 29:15
    3. True Christians recognize that they are pilgrims and strangers here. — Ex. 6:4; Heb.11:13; Ps. 119:54
    4. They are looking for a heavenly country. — Heb. 11:14-16; 2 Peter 3:13
  B. A Christian home is where:
    1. The worship of God is found. — Gen. 8:20; 22:9
    2. Self-surrender is practiced. — Gen. 26:25; Rom. 12:1-3
    3. Real faith is shown. — 1 Kings 18:33-36
III. Bible Patterns for the Christian Home
  A. Bible Christians know we all are but pilgrims and strangers in this present world.
    1. They know that death disrupts their sojourn here.
    2. They know that this earth and the works therein will burn up some day. — 2 Pet. 3:1-10
  B. Our sights reach beyond this sin-sick world.
    1. We are looking for a better world. — Heb. 11:14-17; 2 Pet. 3:13
  C. No Christian home can be complete without these essentials-
    1. A consecrated priesthood. Someone in the family serves between God and the members of the family. — Job 1:16; Joshua 24:15
    2. A daily family worship time where all the members of the family gather before God and His kingdom. — Rom. 12:1-3 
    3. A specific meeting place for the family to study the Word of God and pray. — Matt. 18:20; Acts 10:1-9
    4. Lives that keep a living connection between our home and heaven.
  D. Let us take a closer look at a few homes which typify the Christian home:
    1. Noah and his family made it their first duty after the flood to build an altar for the Lord; this pleased the Lord. — Gen. 8:20-23 
    2. Joshua and his family consecrated their lives to God the first thing in their daily devotions. — Joshua 24:15
    3. Philip, the Evangelist, was noted for being the head of a Christian home. What a wonderful experience it must have been for him to see his daughters receiving a vision of the Lord. — Acts 21:8-11
    4. The converted keeper of the prison set a wonderful example of establishing a Christian home. — Acts 16:34
    5. Is our home a Christian home in which we and our families are dedicated morning by morning?
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