God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift revealing the union between Christ and His church. Marriage provides for the man and the woman the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent example and loving discipline, to make choices based on Biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:28, 2:22-24; Matthew 19:6; Ephesians 5:22-26; Colossians 3:18-20)
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be sent to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever with the Lord. (Matthew 16:27, 25:31-46; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit gives birth to the fruit of the Spirit which includes a love for others. Missionary effort therefore, rests upon the regenerate as expressed and commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek opportunities to guide the lost to Christ by preaching, teaching, and sharing the Gospel of Christ. (Psalm 96:3; Matthew 28:18-19; Romans 1:16; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:10)
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians are therefore obligated to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions, and they should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians are to contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth. (Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 9:6-11, 14; Ephesians 6:7; Colossians 1:24-25; 1 Peter 4:10)