Thursday, May 30, 2013

Life is the greatest teaching opportunity there is

For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, Psalms 78:5-6

The primary responsibility and authority for training a child clearly rests with the parents. It is an awesome task but it is also an awesome opportunity.  But the responsibility is not the parent’s alone. Parenting is to be done in the context of a community of believers.  As a spiritual community we want to be a support to the parents in their training and nurturing of their kids. We want single parents to find a place here where their kids can see wholesome, caring role models.

What must our kids know? They must know about the goodness and the greatness and the faithfulness of the Lord our God.

The greatest lessons we teach our children are by showing them the things we cherish and the things we dislike, the things we give attention to and the things we ignore, the things we value and the things we don’t value, the things we spend time doing and the things we neglect.  Basically, we pass on what we think is important and what we don’t think is important by the example of our lives. 

For years the church has been the primary place where our children have received spiritual instruction and formation (prayer, Bible studies, worship, and service) and we as a church have been happy to teach these things.  However, there is a recent movement that has suggested that the church’s approach has been unsuccessful and unbiblical in many ways. 

·      Recent research has shown that the church has about forty hours in a given year to invest in the heart and life of a child, while the home has about three thousand! 

·      Research has shown that 60-90% of kids leave the church once they graduate high school. 
These are sobering statistics.  As a parent I am not comfortable leaving it up to someone else who is not as invested as I am in my own child. 

Be Faithful to the CONTENT of God’s Truth
We don’t need to come up with some new spiritual reality to get our kids through these perilous times.
1.    The same God who brought Noah through the flood and Israel through the Red Sea and Daniel through the lion’s den can bring our kids through whatever they may face. The Old Time Religion really is good enough for me and you and our kids.

2.    The substance, the reality, the basics will never change and we must never try to change them. People still need to know their Bibles. People still need to know how to pray and worship. People still need to know how to love their enemies and forgive others. The essentials of what our fathers and our mothers told us have not changed and must be passed on.

The Bible tells us that God is the same, yesterday, today and foreverOur children need to know the great stories of the bible that tell of God’s wonderful truths.  They need to know that the same God that created the universe was with Noah and his family during the flood, and was there with Paul when the earthquake shook the prison walls and they came crashing down.  His truths are the same today as they were then and that same God loves them more than anyone else possible could. 

Scripture to Claim:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

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