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9 Marks of a Christian Family

Submission to God’s authority is demonstrated by:

• A husband who cheerfully accepts his God-given role as the chief servant and head of household who loves and leads his wife (Eph. 5:25-29); Col. 3:19).

• A father who nurtures and disciplines his children (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21).

• A wife who cheerfully accepts her God-given role as submissive helper, and who respects, honors and follows her husband’s leadership (Eph. 5:22-24; Col. 3:18).

• A mother who nurtures and disciplines her children (Titus 2:3-5).

• Parents who desire to please God more than be accepted by their children (1 Sam. 2:27-30).

• Children who honor and obey their parents (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20). For help see HELP! My Toddler Rules the House and HELP! My Teen Is Rebellious.

• Citizens who obey civil government (Rom. 13:1; 1 Pet. 2:13-15).

• Church members who honor and obey their shepherds (Heb. 13:17).

• Employees who work diligently and obey their employers (Eph. 6:5-8; Col. 3:22-24).

9 – A family that fears the Lord and is, therefore, blessed by Him (Ps. 128:1-4).

[Note: The audio files from the seminar “Engaging the Hearts of Our Kids” are available here.]  

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Dr. Paul Tautges serves as senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Cleveland, Ohio, having previously pastored in Wisconsin for 22 years. Paul has authored eight books including Counseling One Another, Brass Heavens, and Comfort the Grieving, and contributed chapters to two volumes produced by the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is also the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Book series from Shepherd Press. Paul is a teaching fellow Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of ten children (three married), and have two grandchildren. Paul enjoys writing as a means of cultivating discipleship among believers and, therefore, blogs regularly at Counseling One Another.