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 25: The mystery of the Holy Spirit, revealed.

Core Value 25: The mystery of the Holy Spirit, revealed.
There are three that bear witness in heaven: The Father, The Word and The Holy Spirit and these three are one. Jesus is the Word, the Light sent from God, the Holy Spirit, sent.

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Core Value 26: When the Bible speaks of “blasphemy” what does that mean?

Core Value 26: When the Bible speaks of “blasphemy” what does that mean?
The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only sin in the Bible characterized as "unforgivable". A true believer should never expect the re-enactment of the crucifixion, for his sins.

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Core Value 27: And the greatest commandment is . . ?

Core Value 27: And the greatest commandment is . . ?
There are 10 commandments. The first 4 pertain to God and the remaining 6 pertain to man. Jesus summarized them and said, "Love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul and your neighbor as yourself."

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Core Value 28: Are you a foxhole Christian? 

Core Value 28: Are you a foxhole Christian? 
God does not intend that the Light within us be hidden. "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." EPHESIANS 5:8 NKJ

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Core Value 29: A “sippy cup” approach to growth!

Core Value 29: A “sippy cup” approach to growth!
When we first seek a relationship with our Lord, we do so as "babes" and we feed upon the milk of the word. We must not remain infants. As we grow in the word, we mature in Christ.

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Core Value 30: Got too much stuff? Build a bigger barn! 

Core Value 30: Got too much stuff? Build a bigger barn! 
What a temptation it is to accumulate wealth, which we know will perish. Better to be one who is a "conduit" using wealth to advance the cause of the Kingdom.

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