Each Love True and Freedom Bible Study Guide,
by Lennox Publishing, an imprint of Come And Reason Ministries, is a
13-week, undated, daily lesson study, with each week covering various
aspects of the title subject.
This study was written by Johnnie Lorren and edited by Charles Mills.
We’ve all seen them - the startling programs on TV highlighting stories of families torn apart by abuse. Perhaps we even know someone in our own neighborhood or family who has experienced domestic violence. Yet, it’s easy to believe that Christian homes are different—that “we” are different. Surely when people become church members, that type of abuse stops!
Think again. Recent research indicates that the percentages of domestic violence among Christian intimate partners are as high and, in some categories, even a bit higher than in non-Christian homes. We will review those numbers later. But for now, just take a moment to soak in that reality—and a moment more to ask “Why?” That’s exactly what we’ll be doing in the next 13 weeks as we review not only case histories (names have been changed), but also reasons for abuse and its effect upon partners (victim and abuser) and children. We will also discover how abuse affects the church as a whole, and we will pursue Biblical counsel.
God is no respecter of persons. Neither is abuse. The Father of Lies has seen to that. Yes, we’d love to be able to say that once a person publically commits to Christianity, those tendencies fade into nonexistence. That, however, is not the case. We will also see that although the major portion of abuse is husband to wife, it can happen in reverse. And, the numbers show unequivocally that being in a position of leadership may raise the level of the temptation to control and abuse rather than diminish it.
WEEK 1: God’s Design for Intimate Relationships
WEEK 2: Satan’s Plan to Destroy the Home
WEEK 3: Women’s Roles in Home, Church, and Society
WEEK 4: Types of Abuse
WEEK 5: Man’s Far-Reaching Role as Husband and Father
WEEK 6: Passing It Down
WEEK 7: The Bible’s Standard for Relationships
WEEK 8: How Children Learn to Be Abusers
WEEK 9: Does God Abuse His Power?
WEEK 10: Detecting Need Within a Church Family
WEEK 11: Tools of the Trade
WEEK 12: My Role
WEEK 13: Hope for the Future