Glorifying God Together
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Children's Ministry

"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up." (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Parenting and the Church's Ministry to Children

Parents are scripturally obligated to raise their children in the way of the Lord. This includes:

Teaching the Scriptures

  • Genesis 18:17-19 – The Lord said; “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring Abraham what he has promised him.”
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.
  • Psalms 78:5-8 – He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach their children; that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the words of god, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
  • Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
  • Ephesians 6:4 - Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction in the Lord.
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-15 – But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Modeling Godly Character

  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.

Reminding them of the Works of God

  • Deuteronomy 4:9-10 – Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children – how on the day that you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, the LORD said to me, “Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.”
  • Psalm 145:4,11-12 – One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts…They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Conclusion

  • The Scriptural obligation to raise children according to the standards and desires of God is put directly on the parents/guardians. Parents are responsible for taking initiative in their child’s spiritual development by educating and modeling before them what it is to be a God-follower. Though none of this excludes the Body of Christ from participating in this process, it does require that the Body not replace the role of parents in this area, given that the parents are followers of Christ. In the event that parents are not believers or where parents are not present, the Body should come alongside these children and the unsaved parents/guardians to help fulfill this vital role and to share the Gospel with the parents.
  • A child’s discipline ought to be carried out by those responsible for raising them.
  • Part of training children requires that they be disciplined, for just as the spiritual well being of any Christian requires discipline from God (Prov. 3:11-12; Heb. 12:5-8), so the training up of children in the way of the Lord requires that parents properly discipline their children in love, to contribute to rearing them up to a life of obedience to Christ.