It is imperative that the local church strengthen it’s nuclear families if it is to accomplish the great commission of ‘making disciples’ first in Jerusalem and then in the uttermost parts of the world. God has ordained the family as the primary agent responsible for the raising of children as the next generation of ‘Christ followers’. This responsibility is not to be abdicated to the church. More and more as a society we are relinquishing our right and responsibility as parents to the government. But just as frightening and more concerning to me as a pastor is the fact that many Christian parents have resigned as the primary counselor and teacher of the precepts of God and allowed the local church to become the main tutor in their absence. Deut 6:6-9 says it quite clearly ‘ 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.’
We at Center Hill are committed to strengthening the families and equipping them to become all that God has intended them to be. To that end, we have on a regular basis, scheduled family events. Events to supplement the Bible centered teaching in our Sunday School, and Awana. Events which are Christ centered and family oriented. Case in point, our recent church sled riding party. What a great time. Just check out the pics on ‘Our People’ page.
In the coming weeks, we will be sponsoring movie nights, scrapbooking parties, outdoor treks, and picnics as the weather warms. It is our intent to teach and preach the Word of God in every avenue we are given and to make available events which allow families to nurture biblical parent and child relationships and educate parents in the knowledge of our Lord. We will do what ever we can to outfit our families to raise children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
soli deo gloria