Role of Parents and the Church in Rearing the Next Generation

Here are some interesting thoughts from David Prince in his work titled Family Worship

In commenting on the business of our lives, David Prince asks:

In the midst of our busy lives, who is given the responsibility of rearing the next generation in the Christian faith?  Who is given the responsibility of calling the next generation to hope in God?

Pause for a moment and think about this before reading below

In answering his own questions, Prince goes on to say:

First, let us begin by emphatically declaring it is parents (fathers in particular) and not the church who are given the primary responsibility for calling the next generation to hope in God. The church serves a supplementary role, reinforcing the biblical nurture that is occurring in the home. It is not the job of “professionals” at the church to rear the children of believers in the faith. Far too often, Sunday Schools, children’s ministries, and youth ministries have become substitutes for the home training of children. Christian parents have largely abdicated their God-given responsibility to insure that their children are instructed in the things of God.

 

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