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A Family Integrated Church- Turning The hearts of Fathers To Their Children

August 1, 2012, 1:59 PM

A Family Integrated Church PT. 1

Turning The Hearts of Fathers to Their children


Malachi 4:6 says…”And He shall turn the heart of the father’s to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” This was a prophecy concerning the coming of John the Baptist, whose primary responsibility was to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. One of the ways that John the Baptist was to prepare people- was to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children’s hearts back to their fathers. That need continues to this day, for one day soon, Jesus will come again! Some Christian leaders have pooh-poohed the biological church growth movement, by putting their focus on reaching un-churched people groups not realizing that for lasting revival to occur, and lasting church stability to be maintained, we need evangelism not only to the un-churched, but we also need to keep, and evangelize the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of those families who are already Christians and living in Christian homes.

So, what does it mean for a father to turn his heart to his children? Basically, it means that the father, develops a deep burning desire to see each and everyone of his children grow up to be a man or woman after Jesus’ heart. And because of that desire, this father is willing to do whatever it takes, and make whatever sacrifice needs to be made, to make sure that each child, and grandchild will remain faithful to following Jesus. However, many fathers (and mothers) – feel inadequate in knowing HOW to turn the hearts of their children to them. They need tools to enable them to do so, and to know how to train their children in the ways of the Lord.

How do you turn the hearts of the children to the fathers,…? Deuteronomy 32:46 says: “And he said unto them, set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life; and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land,…” In turning the hearts of the fathers to their children, the fathers need to be shown that teaching their children Christ’s commands, and the commandments of Scriptures is important because it is to the benefit of their children’s lives, and will help prolong their children’s days. Most parents see the need to take care of their children if they are sick, however, they need to see, and to understand that the spiritual and Biblical well being of their children is ever more important, because we are dealing with eternal life, not just physical life which is temporal.

Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children is key to lasting revival, because the fathers train their children and grandchildren to follow the Bible, and NOT follow the  world.  The revival is not lost in one generation, but the love for the Lord Jesus is passed from one generation to the next. God promises us that there will be severe punishment, if the hearts of the fathers are not turned to the children and the children to their fathers, then God said he will smite the earth with a curse.

The point is: God views the turning of the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, as something that is vitally needed. Becoming a Family Integrated Church with a Family Integrated Sunday School, is our churches’ effort, to begin this process in our generation. Next week, I will continue with this treatise (dissertation) on the Family Integrated Church.

-Pastor Doug

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