Isaiah 41:4 says, "Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord—the first and with the last—I am He" (Amplified Bible). As the generations were created by the Almighty God, "what God has joined together, let no man put asunder"!
From generation to generation, the responsibility of every believer is to pass on their faith to the next, and parents are given a Biblical mandate to disciple their children (Psalm 145:4).
Joshua spoke with a clear authority, with boldness. He committed himself and his household to be different, to look different, and to serve a different God from those around him when he said, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:14-16. Â
I see a struggle for the healing of families, for families who will "serve" God together. This is the cry of the church which wants to see families committed to serve Jesus whole heartedly. It is a message that comes through the sermons, through the small groups, and in many other ways. However, in so many churches there is no model to say it can be done, no way to live out the message in the life of the local church
If we cannot be vulnerable, worship, reach out, pray, and serve together within the context of church, how can we preach the message of families serving together?Many will organize a celebration service at regular intervals to fulfill the need for families to come together. However, often in that context, there is little or no opportunity to form relationship or interaction. Relationship is the essence of unity.
The small groups would seem to be the ideal place for families to come together.
In secular society we can read of many attempts to bring about empowerment ...