Family Education

July 1, 2008

Here are two quotes from two pillars of the Christian faith.  Both of these quotes were extracted from David Prince’s article titled Family Worship (article can be found here)

Jonathan Edwards said,

Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace.  If these fail, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual.

C.H. Spurgeon wrote,

The more of parental teaching the better; ministers, and Sabbath-school teachers were never meant to be substitutes for mother’s tears and fathers’ prayers…The first lesson for a child should be concerning his mother’s God…Around the fire-side fathers should repeat not only the Bible records, but the deeds of the martyrs and reformers, and moreover the dealings of the Lord with themselves both in providence and grace…Reader, if you have children, mind you do not fail in this duty…As far on as our brief life allows us to arrange, we must industriously provide for the godly nurture of our youth.  The narratives, commands, and doctrines of th eword of God are not worn out; they are calculated to exert influence as long as our race shall exist.  The one object aimed at is transmission; the testimony is only given that it may be passed on to succeeding generations.

 


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.


Are we not allowing our kids to grow up? Part 2

May 20, 2008

In my first post with the same title I addressed this issue by introducing the question, “Are we creating an environment that encourages a young person’s maturation, independence, and productivity, or are we creating an environment that further extends their childhood years of dependency, leisure, and laziness to the point that many believe they will earn a living as a professional Middle School student?” 

With this question in mind we looked at the recent notion of adolescence and its psychological affects upon young people and our Western society by postponing adulthood to an undetermined point in the future yet to be determined. 

But this has not always been the case.  Young people have not always been placed in such a non-influential position.  If we were to look back into history and observe a few select cases today, we would discover that “young people often accomplished great things” (Robert Epstein, The Case Against Adolescence, pg. 13).  In my opinion, young people are still capable of doing so today. 

With this in mind we’re going to look into 1 Timothy 4.12 and the call of God to young people in breaking this societal hold of low expectations and responsibility.  For my next post we will look at this passage and the call of God to the Christian community in not looking down upon the youthfulness of young people.  For now, let’s look at the former of the two points.          

In 1 Timothy 4.12 we read…

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Are we not allowing our kids to grow up?

May 8, 2008

Back in January of this year I posted a blog titled, “Are our kids growing up to fast?”    In a general gist, I dealt with the issue of allowing our children certain priviledges without them having an adequate maturity level to handle them.  For example, purchasing them a car and allowing them to drive or allowing them to spend a lot of unsupervised time with a member of the opposite sex in a dating relationship.   

Over the past several weeks I have been considering a similar topic with a twist, “Are we not allowing our kids grow up?”  At first glance this question may seem as if it is posed only to parent(s) and guardian(s).  However, this question is much deeper than that and has many more implications than just for the family.  The answer to this question concerns teachers, church leaders, youth workers, public and private schools, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and churches to just name a few. 

What do you think?  Are we not allowing our kids to grow up?  Are we creating an environment that encourages their maturation, independence, and productivity or are we creating an environment that futher extends their childhood years of dependency, leisure, and laziness to the point that many believe they will earn a living as a professional Middle School student?

                                                                      

Some argue, such as Robert Esptein in his book titled, The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen said that…

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Survivor Challenge Update

April 22, 2008

Last week we marched forward in our Survivor Series as we addressed “Outshine” from Philippians 2.12-13 and discussed the importance of taking personal responsibility in working out our salvation by dependinig upon the power of God at work within us to do so. 

Afterwards, we played an exciting game of Strobelight Dodgeball.  Major kudos to Jeremiah, Christian, Justin, and Ethan for setting everything up.  If I forgot anyone, please forgive me. 

For those of you that have been participating in the Survivor Challenge, here is an update on the point standings of each team.

Last week, the Independents came in first with a total of 60 points. 

In second place the Flaming Flamingos came out strong with 55 points.

Tied for fourth place is team Azul and The Indecisives with 41. 

Here are the cumulative team leaders after two weeks of competition:

Independents with 91.5

Azul with 81

Flaming Flamingos with 77

Indecisives with 57 

What I am most encouraged about is that we had 4 first time visitors last week and 7 overall.  Way to go gang!  May we see many more not only visit, but many come to Jesus Christ during this time and commit their lives to Him, His body, and to serving Him. 

For those of you that are participating, how are you enjoying the teams and challenges?  Is there anything in particular that you would like to see? 

Tomorrow night’s challenge will have some physically challenging elements, but will require team work and some mental exertion.  Be prepared to think it through to victory!

Lord willing see you tomorrow night.


Principles on How to Teach our Children from Deuteronomy 6.4-9

April 1, 2008

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to teach on Multigenerational Faithfulness.  During this time we looked at the role of the family, and in particular the fathers, in teaching and passing on the faith to their children.  We discovered through Deuteronomy 6 and just a few other passages, that the family is to bear the primary role and responsibility of passing on the faith to their children.  Therefore, the church, the government (i.e. public schools), and/or private schools, are to serve as secondary means and not primary.  This means that these different organizations are to serve as support mechanisms for the family.  For example, if the church provides a Sunday School for children and youth, the parents are to ensure that their children and youth are doing the required work, not the church staff.  Moreover, if students are dropping out of school at break neck speeds, which they are dropping below 59% in 17 of the largest 50 cities (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,344190,00.html), it is their parents and/or legal guardians responsibility to ensure that their child is doing their assigned work, attending classes, and fulfilling other obligations and not the governments.  That’s another story for another day.

Moving on, this past Sunday I told the congregation that I would provide the remainder of my notes for the message via my blog.  The following two items will address what it means to “teach” and what we are supposed to teach our children.

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amusing ourselves to death

February 11, 2008

It’s amazing how much “bad” news is reported each and every single week.  Personally, I keep up on national and international events through foxnews.com (yes, I know that I should read the local paper more than I do).  With everything that occurred last week there was one particular story that struck me. 

This past week in Olathe, Kansas, Fox News reported of a 16-year-old teenager who was killed in a fight (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,329827,00.html).  As far as I can gather from the article there were no weapons used of any-kind and the youth lost his life through the injuries that he received. 

This is a terrible tragedy that would not only shock ones family and friends, but a community as well.  But with everything that occurred last week on a much larger scale, why did I decide to write about this particular event?

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