Text: Psa 127:1
A. Purpose of the home.
Provide companionship (Gen 2:18; Mal 2:14).
Prevent immorality (1Co 7:2; Heb 13:4).
Procreation of children (Mal 2:15; 1Ti 5:14).
Pattern of our relationship with God (2Co 6:18; 11:2).
B. Pattern of the home.
A place of harmony. a. A divided home cannot stand (Mar 3:25). b. Homes become divided because of pride (Pro 14:1; 21:19). c. A home can have union without unity. d. A Christian home ought to be a harmonious home where every member fulfils their obligations to one another (1Pe 3:7; Eph 5:33; 2Co 12:14; Eph 6:1).
A place of charity. a. A loveless home has no joy (Pro 15:17). b. Homes become cold because of selfishness (2Ti 3:2,4). c. A home can have decoration without decorum. d. A Christian home ought to be a loving home where every member seeks the welfare of one another (Eph 5:28; Pro 31:12; 1Th 2:7,11; Eph 6:2).
A place of spirituality. a. A godless home will not be successful (Psa 127:1). b. Homes become broken because of indulgence (Mat 10:37; Pro 22:6). c. A home can have teaching without training. d. A Christian home ought to be a spiritual home where every member is responsible for one another (Eph 5:23; Pro 31:23; 1:8; 23:22).
C. Preservation of the home.
Commitment. a, A home can be connected but not committed. b. A healthy home is one where the members commit to one another (Rom 7:2).
Communication. a. A home can be talking without communicating. b. A healthy home is one where the members communicate with one another (Jdg 16:15).
Conflict resolution. a. A home can solve conflicts without resolving them. b. A healthy home is one where the members resolve conflicts with one another (Eph 4:26).