There is no questioning the fact the family is under attack. With divorce rates on the rise, the deconstruction of family values, homosexuality, casual sex and a myriad of other concerns, it seems as though the family is destined to failure. Even the roles of men and women are being called into question. More than ever we need to understand what the Bible says about the family.
Standing firm in this onslaught of liberal, feminist, post-modern ideas is becoming harder and harder for believers. But to help us do that, John MacArthur’s book, The Fulfilled Family: God’s Design for Your Home, takes us to Ephesians 5 to explore the teachings of Scripture.
In this verse-by-verse examination, MacArthur unpacks Paul’s teaching about mutual submission, the wife’s role, the husbands duty, the children’s obedience and the parent’s duty of nurture and admonition. Some believe that the command for mutual submission and the husband’s leadership role in the home are mutually exclusive, thereby affirming one and rejecting the other. However, MacArthur carefully examines how these two seemingly opposing ideas actually work in concert to create a beautiful picture of loving leadership.
The wife’s role of submission is one of the most disrespected, attacked and hated issues among the feminist world today. Little do they know that a proper understanding and implementation of it can lead women to a fulfilled life beyond their imagination. MacArthur helps take the guesswork out of what it means to be a submissive wife.
Though men like the idea of leadership, this is the area that men fail the most – leadership in their homes. It is their responsibility to oversee the spiritual vitality, security, operations and emotional stability of their homes. Yet, many find it too difficult, or emotionally taxing, and therefore, leave to someone else.
Children’s duties are to obey. Simple. However, parents have a responsibility to raise them in such a way that obedience is not a burden or response to fear. Parent’s highest responsibility is to be the guardian and overseer of their children’s physical, emotional, social and most importantly, spiritual well-being.
MacArthur’s treatment of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians in regard to how the family should be is excellent. There is no magic formula or gimmick to a healthy family. It’s a matter of obedience to the Spirit of God, influence from the Word of God and dedication to living out the Christian life by faith in Jesus Christ. This book will help get you on the right path.
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