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A Family Integrated Church - Turning The Hearts Of The Fathers To Their Children Pt. 2

August 10, 2012, 10:41 AM

Crossroads Church
A Family Integrated Church
 with a Family Integrated Sunday School

How To Turn The Hearts Of The Father*s To Their Children Pt. 2
Malachi 4:6 says: *And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.*
*As we pointed out in our last article, Malachi 4:6 was a prophecy concerning John the Baptist. It was John the Baptist*s job to prepare the people of Israel for lasting revival, so that the church would continue after Jesus went back to Heaven. It was his job to help turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the children's heart back to their  fathers. THIS WOULD BE KEY TO LASTING REVIVAL!
*Matthew 18:2-7 says: *And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, *verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child. The same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe Unto the World Because Of Offenses, for it must needs be that offenses come; But Woe To That Man By who The Offenses Cometh!*
*Jesus tells us in this passage, that having one*s heart turned toward children is necessary to receive him. In order for an adult to humble himself as a child, he needs to recognize that little children are as important in the church as the adults; and that adults are not any more important than children. Just as whites are not any more important than blacks, and just as men are not any more important than women, so adults, are not any more important than children.
*The point is, A father needs to recognize that God places a very high value on the souls of  that father*s children, and so should that father, and so should the church. Historically, the church has discouraged children from joining the church because they were considered too young. But I believe that when a father joins a church, his whole family should join, even his children, with the expectation that if they*re not already saved, then one day soon, they will be.
*I am convinced that children should not be separated from the adults in the worship service simply because they are considered too young. It is (ignorant) to believe that children cannot understand or get anything out of the worship service. Children have a much greater capacity for spiritual understanding than what many adults and parents realize. After all, Jesus did say, *Let the little children come to me, for such is the kingdom of Heaven.*
*God*s desire, is that a Father and Mother will have Godly descendants. The turning of the hearts of the Fathers to their children begins with a Father loving, and showing affection to his children*s mother. Divorce is very destructive to the family and to having godly descendants. Divorce is not just a sin against one*s spouse but it*s a sin that can affect his descendants for many generations to follow.
The church that is serious about turning the hearts of the fathers to their children needs to be a church that is serious about preaching against divorce, and doing everything it can to help married couples not only stay married, but to also thrive within their marriage.
*As we shall see in our next article, the church as a whole, (within our American culture), has missed the importance of turning the hearts of the fathers to their children, largely be separating the children from their families. Whether it*s Sunday School, youth groups, children*s church, children*s programs, (though the intensions were good), the result was the same, a separation of the children from their parents. This trend within churches must be reversed. We need to bring families together, not separate them more than they already are! *Even Evangelism needs to be more than just getting a person to make a commitment to Christ. God also wants us to help that new Christian turn their heart toward their children, or their future children, so that they too, will help their children and grandchildren come to the Lord. In evangelism, we need to see more than just the  individual, we need to see the future generations of that individual. Each person, can potentially have thousands of descendants, if Christ does not return soon. This is why, it is so important to turn the hearts of the fathers- to their children; so that their children, will turn their hearts to their children, and so on.
Next week I will continue this treatise on being a family integrated church, with part 3.

Pastor Doug Dunnavant

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