Last week I was blessed to again visit with a group of believers in the village of Suong on the highway to the east of Kampong Cham town. Sister Siem is the nominal leader of a women’s Bible study in this area and this was the second time that Dara and I travelled there for a day of teaching.
I was asked to present a message on the subject, “The Family of God.” After much prayer I finally settled on preaching two rather lengthy messages. The first was a sermon on the nature and structure of God’s family with a focus on the means through which God’s children are brought to him. We are given power to become the sons of God when we are born of the Spirit of God, and when the spirit of adoption is given too us. I attempted to deal with the different aspects of sonship as well as the evidences and consequences of this relationship. Texts included: Ephesians 3:15; John 1:12-13; John 3:3; Ephesians 1:5. (click here for audio)
The second message was entitled, “A Godly Family” (click here for audio) and was focused on how
the family is established as a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church. I dealt with the texts in Ephesians and Colossians which address the family structure and relationships as well as additional texts supporting the responsibility of Husbands, wives, fathers and children as the children of God in the home.
After the conclusion of the messages, I was pleased with the content of a question/answer period (click here for audio)where several pertinent questions were asked giving me an opportunity to expand on the messages.
A couple of notable prayer requests were made. First, a dear sister there has recently separated from her abusive and unbelieving husband. She asked for counsel and for prayer regarding her situation and her responsibility toward her husband and family. I provided the counsel of scripture and assured her that I would be praying for God’s direction in her life and for the conversion of her husband.
Second, Sister Siem’s eldest daughter has recently completed high school and has received a full paid government scholarship to attend nursing school in Phnom Penh. Her desire is to complete her nursing degree and then pursue medical school to eventuallybe a Medical Doctor. Her immediate need is for financial ability to pay her room and board during the first year of school before she is able to begin working in the hospital. After that, the reality is that it is nearly impossible to become a qualified medical doctor here in Cambodia. Pray that God will provide and direct this young girl and that he will be glorified in her as she devotes her life to him.