The Secrets to a Happy Family (4 of 4) by J. Gerald Harris

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The Secrets to a Happy Family (4 of 4)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Acts 16:25-34

In our text, we have the story of the conversion of the Philippian jailer. You know the story. I have preached on this text since I have been the pastor at Eastside. But for our purposes this morning I want us to focus on verse 34, because in this verse we see rejoicing in the house of the Philippian jailer. They were having a feast; they were having a festival; they were having a frolicking good time. Why? Because salvation had come to their house.

This morning we're thinking about the secrets to a happy family. And, of course, there is no real lasting happiness apart from Jesus Christ. A love for Him and a commitment to Him is foundational to happiness in the home.

During this second quarter of the year, with Mother's Day and Father's Day, our emphasis is upon the home.

Mother Theresa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize several years ago, was asked what she would say to the world to promote peace. Without hesitation this wise elderly lady said, "Go home and love your family."

Some ancient Chinese wisdom says this: "If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. And if there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. And if there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world." But, folks, it all begins with the home.

The greatness of this church is going to depend upon our ability to have homes of one or more committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. The strength of the local church is only going to be as strong as the families that represent it. Now, as we think about the secrets to a happy home, let me offer several suggestions to you.

I. THERE IS A FOUNDATION WHICH MUST BE ESTABLISHED

First of all, let me suggest that you place God first in the life of your family. When Paul and Silas spoke to the Philippian jailer, they said, "Believe on the Lo ...


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