Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Make disciples at home

One of the things we are passionate about at MKCC is the next generation. We have invested much time, staff & finance to develop a great Kidz Church. We also have a huge team of brilliant volunteers that make church an exciting place for children to be.

But church only plays a small part in our children's discipleship. Believe it or not presently, the average child attends MKCC every second week. That's just 2.5 hours a month, 30 out of 8760 hours in a year. That's just not going to cut it in terms of what we need to do to help them to know God.

Martin Luther said: “A house is actually a school and a church, and the head of the household is a pastor in his house.”

I was challenged by a great post over at The Resurgence on this subject. Here is an extract, read the full article here.

It’s Our Responsibility

It is not the churches’ or schools’ responsibility to raise our kids. Too often, we think that the church is more like a baby-sitting service to watch our kids for a few hours a week while we enjoy the worship service. While church is important, the Bible tells us that the home is the primary place of learning the Bible and moral instruction. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, we read:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Think we have work to do!


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