I. Of The ScripturesRead more
II. Of The True GodRead more
III. Of The Fall Of HumanityRead more
IV. Of The Way Of SalvationRead more
V. Of JustificationRead more
VI. Of The Freeness Of SalvationRead more
VII. Of Grace In RegenerationRead more
VIII. Of Repentance And FaithRead more
IX. Of God’s Purpose Of GraceRead more
X. Of SanctificationRead more
XI. Of The Perseverance Of SaintsRead more
XII. Of The Harmony Of The Law And The GospelRead more
XIII. Of A Gospel ChurchRead more
XIV. Of Baptism And The Lord’s SupperRead more
XV. Of The Christian SabbathRead more
XVI. Of Civil GovernmentRead more
XVII. Of The Righteous And The WickedRead more
XVIII. Of The World To ComeRead more
XIX. The FamilyRead more
Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value but are different by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church, especially as it comes to teaching and authority. These role distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and our joy.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
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, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, 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 lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.