Family Discipleship: God has called parents to be the primary faith influencers of their children. Biblically, the primary role of leading the home rests on the father. Where there is no male spiritual leadership, the mother should assume this role. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12; Malachi 2:15; 4:6) God has called the church to equip parents to lead their families spiritually. (Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 2:42-47)
It is not enough to go through the week and expect children to “catch” the greatness of God simply on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s at church. God has given the primary task of training our children to us, as parents.
I don’t know about you, but this makes me tremble. I have fears of not being adequate to teach, or not being able to teach in a way that my kids will understand. I mean, really, I don’t know how to teach a 4 year old. I can barely keep up with my 4 year old. Or, how do I teach a teenager!
On top of those fears, I struggle with my work schedule. My family’s schedule is just as hectic between school, homework, after school activities, and a myriad of other things that life seems to make pop in our lives. It’s tough. On top of that, guilt will tend to pile on top just for good measure.
I don’t know about you but I have stopped and started family worship too many times to count. Just breathe. Being the primary faith teacher for your children is much more than a scheduled family worship time. It includes a lifestyle where we as parents expose our children to the Word of God on a consistent, daily basis whether it is in the car, dealing with a discipline issue, or applying God’s truth to whatever life throws at our kids and our families.
So, the good news is that I don’t have to be a professional to teach and lead my kids to know God’s Word, nor do I have to rely on my own strength. I just have to be a parent who loves the Lord. What God has called me to do as a parent, he will provide the resources. He will equip me. That is his promise.
One of those resources he provides is his church, as a partner with you. Trinity children and student ministries desires to come alongside you. Call on us. We have many servants in both the children and student ministries who wish to encourage and equip you. There are parents in the church with the same age kids with whom you can seek help. And there are parents who have older children whom God will provide to give encouragement and wise and experienced counsel. God doesn’t rain down magical dust on us as parents so we have all this wisdom to guide our children. He does provide help by His Spirit through the Word of God and through His church.
Tim Challies recently wrote a blog on “The One Thing that Matters Most.” I found his blog went perfectly with this core value on teaching our children. I found it encouraging. I hope you do as well.
We love you! We love ministering to your children and students. We love partnering with you as parents. Praying for you! Click on link below to read Challies’ blog.