IC@MK Sunday Service (17 May 2020)

IC@MK Sunday Service (17 May 2020)

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Posted by International Church at Mont Kiara on Saturday, 16 May 2020

God’s Design for the Family (Ephesians 6:1-4)

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Good morning once again, church family, I encourage you to take up your bibles. As we continue our study in the book of Ephesians, would you turn to Ephesians, chapter six, we’re going to be at the first 4 verses this morning. As we turn there considered the fact that everyone participated in our service this morning is a child, in the sense that you were born to parents. Most of us still have one, if not both of our parents still living. We are a child to them. Many of us, after being born a couple of decades later, became a parent ourselves. Others in our church, one day, Lord willing, will become parents. Now, in our different cultures, there’s expectations about what the relationship should look like between parents and children. And much of those expectations we get from culture are helpful and good, not all of them. And so that’s why it’s so important for each of us to go to God’s word and see what the bible says about this matter. Because, of course, God cares about everything in our lives, especially our family relationships. We mentioned a couple of weeks ago, marriage was God’s idea. We mentioned last week, singleness was God’s idea. And we see today that parenting is God’s idea as well. And so, we consider this morning God’s design for the family. Listen, as Peter and his daughter Lily read for us. Ephesian 6:1-4, Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Now, before we get into the details of this passage, remember that Ephesians, as a letter, was written by the Apostle Paul to the church in the ancient city of Ephesus. When it was first received, the whole letter would have been read at the same time, meaning when these verses were heard, they would have been understood in the context of everything that’s led us up to this point. So, remember what we’ve seen. We’ve said the Book of Ephesians can easily be separated into two halves.