Core Values for Christians

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Core Values for Christian Families

Many of us attend church, at least once in a while, and we sometimes read the Bible, but how can we be sure that our family is grounded in the fundamentals of Christianity? One way is to dedicate ourselves to a plan of study that involves the whole family. Why the whole family? Listen:

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NKJV

…you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.

God, speaking through Moses, has commanded us to “teach His words” to our children. The task is far too important than to leave such teaching to others. One of the great advantages of learning God’s word, as a family, is that assures you that your beliefs and understandings are “mutual.”

I suspect that it is difficult, with all of the “agenda” that is coming at family members, to spend time together discussing the core values of Christianity. Yet, is anything more important? No, nothing is more important than knowing that every member of the family is seeking to do as Jesus commanded:

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV

“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

The purpose of these Family Bible Studies is to provide a format for getting each family member to discuss the scriptural topics at hand and to both learn and share mutual commitments. Since some of the concepts are more difficult to understand than others, fathers and mothers will have to assist in explaining what they mean and will, at times, need to restate the core value in words the children will understand.

These Studies are intentionally “substantive”, that is, they will lead you into the meat of the word as opposed to dwelling on the milk of the word. Listen:

Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one to teach you again the first principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food; for every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

Establish a specific day and time for your Family Bible Study and be sure to begin the study with prayer. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. May God abundantly bless your family as you learn “eternal” values. I pray that God will richly bless you and your family, forever.

Bruce Caldwell

Core Value 07: The Trust and Faith of a Child

Core Value 07: The Trust and Faith of a Child
If you have ever held a newborn baby you have looked in amazement at what God can do. Even their breath is pure and clean. For the next several years they are dependent on their parents. They must trust their parents to love and protect them. Their innocence will fade as they work their way...

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Core Value 08: What is the big deal about reading the Bible?

Core Value 08: What is the big deal about reading the Bible?
How many people do you think read the Bible very often, often, not often, or hardly at all? If you are among those who read "not often" or "hardly at all", why is that true? Are you able to you know the heart of God without listening to Him?

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Core Value 09: Who is in charge around here: God or Satan?

Core Value 09: Who is in charge around here: God or Satan?
To answer that question, let's begin by listening to a conversation between God and Satan. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?"

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Core Value 10: Water Baptism is Good; Baptism by the Holy Spirit is Essential

Core Value 10: Water Baptism is Good; Baptism by the Holy Spirit is Essential
Here Jesus asks John, to baptize Him not because He needed to affirm His repentance, but because it was "to fulfill all righteousness". Jesus was saying that baptism is a confirmation of righteousness and that, in the case of sinners, it represents evidence of their cleansing, their repentance. It also represents a confirmation of the...

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Core Value 11: Should Genuine “Caring” for Someone Precede Witnessing to Them?

Core Value 11: Should Genuine “Caring” for Someone Precede Witnessing to Them?
Perhaps the best way to approach this question is by posing the opposite view. If you do not like someone and they know that you have no concern for their personal needs, do you feel you can still be an effective witness to them? Probably not. It seems we must first, where the opportunity exists,...

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Core Value 12: But You Promised… !

Core Value 12: But You Promised… !
How many times have you said to someone "but you promised." You were saying that promises count and that a promise should not have been made if you did not mean it. Listen to what the Scriptures have to say about promises (vows, oaths, covenants).

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