Role of Parents and the Church in Rearing the Next Generation

July 21, 2008

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

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Family Worship: Reading the Scriptures

July 15, 2008

J. W. Alexander once said,

The daily reading of God’s holy word, by a parent before his children, is one of the most powerful agencies of Christian life.  We are prone to undervalue this cause.  It is a constant dropping, but it wears its mark into the rock.  A family thus trained cannot be ignorant of the Word.  The whole Scriptures come repeatedly before the mind…No part of juvenile education is more important (Thoughts on Family Worship, pg. 62-63).

As parents/guardians we must understand that God’s words are powerful, and that they are more than capable to give us “wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3.15).  Not only do the Scriptures give us wisdom that leads to salvation, but they are good for “teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3.16). 

The reason that we read the Scriptures to our children is finally explained in 2 Timothy 3.17,

so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Therefore, we as parents/guardians are to read and integrate the Scriptures in the lives of our children on a daily basis (read Deuteronomy 6.4-9).  The integration of faith in the lives of our children is to be a daily affair that is based upon our involvement in their lives.  Since this is the case we cannot believe for one iota that sending them to school, children’s church, or youth group, will provide all that they need to become a Christian.  These should be a support to what is going on at home and not the primary means of instruction and discipline (read Ephesians 6.1-4)

Let me ask you parents/guardians, “What steps can you take right now to best incorporate the reading of Scripture with your family?”  “Does life need to be simplified?”  “Are there activities that need to be canceled to create more time for your involvement in the life of your children?”  “Should you go to bed earlier, missing the late night shows, so that you can get up 30 minutes earlier to read and pray together?”  “What steps need to be taken in order to have your family together for family worship in the evening?” 

These are just some preliminary questions.  I will provide some other thoughts on family worship later.

The Why, the What, the When, and the Where of Family Worship

July 8, 2008

Over the next few weeks I plan on doing a series on “Family Worship.”  This series will be directed towards parents and/or guardians.  However, if you are a young man or woman this is my word of advice to you. 

Young men, I encourage you to read this for the following reasons: (1) God will require you to one day lead your family in the worship of Him, through Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit; (2) If you are not capable of leading yourself, a woman, orchildren in the worship of God, then DON’T get involved with a girl in some sort of “dating relationship.”  Why?  Well, quite frankly, your not ready to commit to her because you are not capable of leading her.

Young ladies, this is my words of advice to you.  Don’t allow yourself to be involved with a guy, no matter how good looking, popular, or rich he is if he is not capable of leading himself in the worship of God.  If you call yourself a Christian, you are saying that Jesus is your Lord.  If Jesus is your Lord you are to worship Him alone.  If you are to worship Him alone, then why would you want to be involved with a guy who says that he is a “Christian” yet does not worship God through the reading of the Bible, prayer, fasting, etc…, or doesn’t share with you what God is sharing with him through His Word (i.e. the Bible)?  DON’T settle for less than God’s best in a man for you.

Role of parents and church in teaching children

June 24, 2008

At the moment I am working towards developing a “Family Worship Workshop.”  First, I have been studying the meaning of family in both the Old and New Testaments.  Next, I plan on taking a look at contemporary defintions of family.  In the meantime, here is a word from Andreas Kostenberger,

While there may be Christian Sunday school teachers and other significant teachers in a child’s life, parents must never go back on their God-given responsibility to be the primary source of religious instruction for their children.

For those of you that read this and are parents and/or guardians, I ask that you prayerfully consider how you are doing in passing on the faith to your children.  Simply dropping them off on Wednesday’s or Sunday’s will not do.  Our children must learn from our example in pursuing Jesus Christ.  We must step-up and incorporate the reading of God’s Word, prayer, service, and formal instruction in and through home.  If this means that extracurricular activities need to be cut, such as sports, and the calendar is cleared for certain day’s and times so that your family can gather together and worship God, then I encourage you to do it. 

If there is anything that I can help you with or pray with you about, please let me know. 

Remember, all that we do is by the grace of God and for the glory of God.