Posted: February 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Faithful to Raise Godly Offspring…Who is Responsible?

 In Malachi, God refused to accept the offerings of His people. Why? Because of the condition of their families! Husbands and wives were divorcing and being faithless to one another. God is speaking to His people about the condition of the family! With this as context, the Lord states His intentions for marriage and the family in Malachi 2:15:

 “Did He not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.”

The Lord seeks godly offspring. He created the family (Genesis 1-2) as the place in which children would grow to be nurtured in the ways of the Lord. The family is the primary environment in which God intends to raise godly offspring.

The simple question is this:  Who are the ones primarily responsible to raise up godly offspring?

There is only one biblical answer which emphatically places this great task on the parents, and fathers in particular. Here are just a few verses regarding God’s emphasis on parents as the primary teachers of children.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Exodus 10:2

Exodus 12:26-28 speaks of explaining to your children when they ask about the symbols of the faith (the Passover in context).

 “And teach them (the statutes of the law) to your children and your grandchildren…and that they may teach their children so.” (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)

 “You shall teach them (God’s words) to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 11:19)

 “He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children.” (Psalm 78:5-6)

 Isaiah 38:19

 “Fathers…bring them up (children) in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4)

 2 Timothy 1:5 – Timothy was discipled in the Word in the absence of a saved Father. His mother and grandmother taught Him the Word of God.

However, this has not been the case in the past, nor I would add in the present Christian church. Far too often, we (the church and parents) have relied on Sunday School, children and youth ministries, and “professionals” in the church as substitutes for the home training of our children. 

The Historical and Current State of the Problem:

1)      Parents, and specifically fathers, have become disengaged from the task of discipling their children.

2)      Most churches have encouraged this by the belief that all discipleship has to take place in the church building two days a week, and that teachers and ministries in the church can do a better job of training our children.

 However One of the Tragic Effects of this is noted below:

“Barna reports that one of every two teenagers abandons  the church during college…61% of today’s young adults – had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged…”  – Fowler, Raising a Modern Day Joseph. 27

This is shocking to me? Is it to you?

What are we intending to do:

Our children and student ministries are taking steps to follow the biblical truth that parents are the primary teachers/disciplers of their children. The children and student ministries are here to equip the saints (parents) to do the work of the ministry (their children).  We want to inform, involve, and equip parents to be the primary teachers of their children. The church is obviously an integral part of this process of discipleship, but we must place the focus on parents.

We will be taking steps to communicate these important truths from Scripture, and planning ways we can best equip our parents and families.  This blog is but one way we can provide helpful resources and information to parents at Trinity. We hope that you make use of it, and please send your questions and comments because we want this to be one of the ways we can interact. Brad and I pray that this blog will be helpful as we together encourage and challenge one another to be the parents God calls us to be as we raise our children to know Him.

In coming blogs, both Brad and I will be talking about the direction and the core values of our ministry, along with providing resources and links to help you.

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Comments
  1. Debbie King says:

    Thanks so much guys! We need all the help we can get! God bless u both!

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