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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 3: Family Values-Marriage
The United States Supreme Court handed down the opinion that "Marriage is an institution in whose maintenance and purity the public is deeply interested for it is the foundation of the family and society without which there would be neither civilization nor progress." But times are changing!
I. Secular Approach to Marriage and Family.
A. Secular assumptions.
1. Humanistic origins-it's mankind's idea.
2. Evolutionary development-better ideas emerge.
B. Secular attitudes.
1. Re-evaluate marriage.
2. Re-define family.
II. Scriptural Affirmations of Marriage and Family.
A. Marriage as covenant. Proverbs 3:17b
1. Marriage within the covenant. Deuteronomy 4:13; 5:18f
2. Marriage based on covenant. See Malachi 2:13f
Part 4: Family Values-Child Raising
President Johnson, speaking at Howard University in 1965, said: "The family is a cornerstones of our society. More than any other force, it shapes the attitudes, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. When the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled."
I. The Purpose of Values for the Child.
A. Training in the way they should go. 22:6
B. Developing perceptive workable plans. 1:4b
C. Adorning the life with gracious behavior. 1:8-9
D. Discovering spiritual reality. 2:1-5
E. Avoiding destructive activities. 6:20-25
II. The Presentation of Values to the Child.
1. Parents who fear the Lord and secure children. 14:26
2. Parents who are consistent and blessed children. 20:7