The Importance of the Family Church - May 2021

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 02, 2021

At St. Paul's, we celebrate the Family Church (learn more here). Fathers and mothers have the call to be pastors or spiritual shepherds of their families. 

Our Old Testament Lesson (1 Samuel 1 & 2) reveals the importance of the Family Church. In spite of the incredible wickedness in society at the time of the Judges, the LORD preserves the faith in the Family Church of Elkanah. He isn’t the perfect pastor of his family church. He is influenced by the society around him too (the practice of having more than one wife). There is discord in his family. But faith remains and future generations are blessed.
Eli’s family is a sad contrast. As high priest and judge, he should have pastored his family.  He didn’t and later generations suffered.

Prayer: On this confirmation Sunday, we thank you Lord for leading parents to enroll their children in confirmation instruction so that they have had this chance to grow in the faith. Give our youth the strength to remain faithful to their confirmation vows so that they might be saved by grace and be a blessing to future generations. 
In the New Testament Lesson (Acts 14:21-15:12), Paul finishes his first missionary journey and warns, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Those hardships even occur in the church as his ministry is challenged. Hardships within and without are all the more reason for us to be daily students of God’s Word so that we cling to this hope: “Through the grace of our Lord Jesus… we are saved.”

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