ABOUT FAMILY LIFE
The church started the family life department to create awareness and strengthen God’s purpose of a Christian family. Family life today is under siege. Families are beset by a crisis in roles, absenteeism of parents, a breakdown of authority, Relationships, preoccupation with things, inadequate time together, financial pressures, divorce and a host of other problems. The Bible teaches that the institution of family is of divine origin and purpose. The Bible also provides guidelines for good relations within the family. A commitment to the Bible’s teachings and principles provides today’s best hope for the recovery of family life.
The objectives of the Family life department in the church are,
- To help members live a fulfilling Christian life.
- To enhance family relationships.
- To promote families based on God’s divine principles
The family life committee will organize programs and activities focusing on the following;
a.Gods idea of a Christian family
b. The role of man in the family
c. The role of woman in the family
e. Mentoring young families
f. Rights, duties and responsibilities of spouses in a Christian family
g. Management of relationships of spouses, children, in-laws, grandparents and grandchildren
h. The family is the foundation of the community/ nation
The Bible Speaks on Family
- The Family Is Divine in Origin.
God created human beings in His own image. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness’… So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female” (Genesis 1:26-27). Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). God created people so as to need and find fulfillment in human companionship. “
- The Family Is Divine in Purpose.
God created the family, and He has divine purposes for it. Following His purposes for marriage and family life gives us the best opportunities for family fulfillment. Companionship is a basic purpose of God for marriage and family life. “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’” (Genesis 2:18). God initiated the first family unit. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the LORD God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:21-22).
3. The Bible Contains Divine Principles for Good Family Relationships.
God’s purposes for the family have been challenged, but they have not been changed. In the Bible, God gives the principles and the power by which His purposes for the family can be fulfilled. “God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth…” (Genesis 1:28).
The Bible contains God’s plan for achieving quality and health in family life. Christians are constrained to take very seriously the Word of God as it relates to the family.