Do you offer Sunday School services or youth groups?

The Bible commissions parents to shepherd their children. Biblical admonitions are clear: “teach [the Word] diligently to thy children” (Deuteronomy 6.7a); “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22.6a); “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6.4b).

Our worship is family-oriented: families worship together. And as they interact in a worship context, children witness the import that their parents ascribe worship, observe the degree of reverence that Mom and Dad have for God, and learn how the family structure is modeled in Scripture. Even young children develop self-discipline as they learn to sit quietly and respectfully during the service.

But spiritual training doesn’t stop when the last “Amen” is spoken at a worship service; it continues at home. Parents are to build their lives upon the Word such that it becomes a fundamental underpinning for every aspect of their lives. It is to be a common theme woven through everyday conversation, shared meals, evening walks, bedtime stories, and even discipline (Deuteronomy 6.7). Godly parents seek every opportunity to inculcate biblical attitudes and patterns into their children’s thought processes.

Only under direct supervision are parents assured that their children’s spiritual training accords with Scripture. Solid, foundational biblical instruction occurs through moment-by-moment, day-by-day exercise.

While spiritual training falls primarily to parents, we of course recognize the import of extra-family socialization. We encourage and foster regular fellowship with other believers, as well as the cultivation of godly mentoring and accountability relationships.

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