Of course we know the tragedy that followed in Adam and Eve’s sin. Immediately, God injected hope ... and gave the first outlines of His redemptive plan.

Genesis 3:15 says, "And I will put enmity between [the serpent] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head and you shall bruise him on the heel." This is a promise that the evil deeds of the serpent will not ultimately triumph over God’s plan. The triumph of God will come through the bearing of children (generations). One man (Jesus Christ) would come from the seed of the woman and destroy the works of the serpent--and we, His brothers and sisters, were to continue God’s work after Him.

The spiritual training of children is an irreplaceable element in God’s redemptive plan. Children are designed to carry on the redemptive legacy of their parents--passing on the knowledge and works of God to others. Thus, the household, God’s unit for bringing redemption to man, was established first in Adam’s household.
Today more than ever, households need the help of church relationships to pass God’s redemptive plan on to their children. Perhaps there has never been an opportunity for the church to impact future generations as there is today.

In my next article, we will examine the work God did in, and through, the households He called, so that we can understand both the importance of God’s plan for households and the works we can accomplish over generations. Eric is president of the Institute for Uniting Church and Home, a non-profit ministry which assists church leaders and families in existing churches in developing a family-integrated vision as well as a transition plan to achieve it. His book, Uniting Church and Home: A Blueprint for Rebuilding Church presents a vision for how the church can build family relationships and replace age-segregated programs with heart-level relationships as the primary method of ministry. Eric speaks at conferences, seminars, and home- school groups across the country. He is a board member for the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has served as a staff writer for Mary Pride’s, Practical Homeschooling magazine. He and his wife, Leslee, have three children.

Visit Eric's Web site at www.unitingchurchandhome.org. You can e-mail Eric at Solution77@sprynet.com.