Aug 1 9:38 AM

Passing Our Faith to the Next Generation

Aug 1 9:38 AM
Aug 1 9:38 AM

In Europe, there are great cathedrals that once housed thousands of fervent Christ-worshippers every week. Some were even the sites of revivals and mighty works of God just a century or two ago.  Now, many are closed. One, in the Netherlands, is even used as a skate park.

Some have said that Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. These empty cathedrals are a stark reminder of that.

So, every generation of believers must take up the task of passing on their faith to the next generation, because no one is born a Christian. One of the ways that we do this is to train our children in knowing the Lord. We are charged to guide them in how to be His disciples.  

Scripture tells us to disciple our children throughout our days, not just by taking them to church once a week (Dt. 6:1-9). It also tells us that parents have a distinct and God-given role in nurturing faith in their children (Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21, Ps. 78:4).

Now who doesn't hear this, and immediately feel the weight of it?!  None of us is perfect; and all of us could certainly learn in this area!

Here at MCC, we'd like to take this opportunity to share some encouragement and some ideas with one another.  Over the next few days, we will be posting blogs from several different families - each in different places in life - that discuss how they help encourage their children to be disciples of Christ.  

We're in this together. We want every family to be faithful in making disciples. Be assured that even through our shortcomings and our imperfect efforts, the Lord is glorified.

May you be encouraged, challenged, and helped, brothers and sisters.  I know that I will be!

With you for passing on the life-changing gospel in every home,

Pastor Frank

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