An Overview of God’s Home

NOTE: This sermon was preached in multiple parts.  There are several audio files below to accompany the same outline.

Part 1

Part 2

July 20th, 2004


TITLE: An Overview of God’s Home

PROPOSITION: To look at the origin, design, responsibilities, and functions of the home as God made it.

OBJECTIVE: Each hearer should be able to explain what God desires in the home and their particular role in the home.

AIM: To give basic instruction regarding the home so that individuals will have the tools that they need to stand for what is right in today’s climate of indifference regarding the home.


1. Read Genesis 1:26-28

1) When we turn to the beginning of the Bible, we see the fundamentals of creation.

2) In addition to the creation of the world and all things therein, we find God’s creation of a very special institution, the home.

3) Evolutionists have hammered at the creation account for nearly 200 years.

4) They have thrown out the account of God’s creation of the world altogether.

5) But not only do they throw out the creation of the world in so doing, but they throw out the creation of the home.

6) The home, is under assault today.

a. Fornication

b. Adultery

c. Divorce

d. So called homosexual marriage.

e. Single parent homes (Fatherless, Motherless)

f. Orphans

g. Child Neglect

h. Child Abuse

i. Latch-key kids

7) These are all problems that result from failures in the home.

8) The problem of evolution and humanism have eroded the home, and in so doing eroded the foundation of our society.

9) Evolutionary theory implies that there are no fixed standards for us to attain higher than our own aspirations.

10) “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life” (Anthony Kennedy).

11) By contrast when we understand that God created all things, this implies a purpose or standard to which these things must adhere to be what God intended.

12) The home is in desperate trouble today; in a struggle for its very definition and existence.

13) As Christians, we can no longer assume that the world knows God’s design for the home.

14) In order to do that, we need to be informed as to what the home is supposed to be.

2. Reference to S, T, P, O.

DISCUSSION: Let’s look at the home.

I.   Its Origins

1. Hebrews 3:4 “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”

2. The home began with God’s creation.

1) It was God’s intention to create both man and woman. Genesis 1:26-28.

2) It was God’s intentions that the home be composed of husband and wife. Genesis 2:18-24

3. Jesus also recognizes the divine origins of the home in Matthew 19:4-6

1) Jesus reaffirms the fact of its origins.

2) He states that it is for one man and one woman to begin it.

3) This union is NOT to be dissolved.

4. The home is divine in origin.

II.  Its Design

1. Genesis 2:18-24—note the pattern:

1) Humans

2) Male and Female

3) One man, one woman.

4) Adult married to adult.

5) Married as husband and wife

6) Leaving parents and cleaving to each other.

7) No shame in the sexual union.

2. Its purpose:

1) Genesis 1:26-28

2) Be fruitful and multiply–children are expected, indeed are the main purpose of the home.

3) Malachi 2:10-17.

4) God gave the home what it needed to accomplish God’s purpose in the home.

5) What did God give the home?

a. Husband, Wife, Father, Mother

b. This is God’s complete design for the home.

c. Just as a building would not be complete if the design were not completed, so also the home is not complete unless the design is completed.

d. Single parent homes are not complete homes.

e. Homes with two “daddies” or “mommies” are not the home as God designed it.

III. Its Responsibilites

1. Notice what God says concerning Abraham in Genesis 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

2. Have and rear children.

1) Genesis 1:29 and Genesis 9:1 “Be fruitful and multiply.”

2) Children are a blessing from God. Psalm 127:3-5 “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

3) Teach children to respect and honor God.

a. Deut.4:9 “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;”

b. Deut.6:7 ” And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

c. Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

d. Teach children proper conduct for living with one another—morals.

a) Appropriate attire.

b) Appropriate behavior.

c) Appropriate work.

3. Husband and wife to help each other get to heaven.

1) First by being faithful to one another—1 Cor.7:2-5 “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”).

2) Also be respecting helping each other grow spiritually—1 Peter 3:1-7 ” Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

IV.  It’s Functions

1. The function of the home is to carry out God’s plan for the home’s salvation.

2. Husbands/Fathers – To be the “head” of the family and lead the home (Ephesians 5:21-33).

1) Love wife and children.

2) Teach children—Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

3) Discipline children—”He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24).

3. Wives/Mothers – To take care of the needs of the family and the home.

1) To love their husbands (Titus 2:4).

2) To submit to husband and be obedient (Ephesians 5:21-33).

3) To take care of the home (Titus 2:5).

4) Titus 2:4, 5 “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

4. Children –

1) To be obedient to parents (Eph.6:1-2). “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)”

2) To grow—”And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52).

5. Grandparents – To be involved in educating grandchildren. (Deut.4:9).


1. We’ve just scratched the surface when dealing with the Bible’s teaching regarding the home.

1) The home originated from God.

2) The home was designed by God to have husband and wife, father and mother.

3) The responsibilities of the home are to raise and education children.

4) The function of the home are to carry out God’s plan for the home’s salvation: each member of the home has a role to play in this function.

2. Concluding comment:

1) Do we believe in God’s home?

2) We need to stand up for what is right today or God’s home will cease to exist.

3) Psalm 127:1 states, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:”

4) Hebrews 3:4 “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”

5) So many today are abandoning God’s pattern for the home in favor of what society calls a “home.”

6) Let us not so do!

3. Invitation