One of the greatest joys in my life is to see a child grow in their understanding of the things of God and come to express a genuine growing faith in Jesus Christ.
The Bible is clear that Jesus loved children. During His earthly ministry, Jesus often called little children to Himself. In fact, He rebuked the disciples when they tried to prevent them from coming to Him. Our Lord even said that we must become as little children in order to enter Kingdom of God.
Those of us who are parents and grandparents have the great privilege and awesome responsibility to shape and influence the next generation. This is a primary responsibility that we must not expect or depend on anyone else to do for us. Although Christian parents have the responsibility to nurture and develop their child’s faith in the home, most feel inadequate or ill-equipped to accomplish this mission. Additionally, many are deceived by the forces of spiritual darkness and made to believe they cannot fulfill this responsibility.
When we talk about creating a disciple-making culture within our churches and homes, your convention staff recognizes the need to educate, equip and encourage families to be disciple-makers in the home. Church leaders need to work with parents and grandparents in reaching their children for Christ and help them mature spiritually. Just as we provide guidance with our children’s intellectual, physical and social development, it is even more important that we give priority to their spiritual growth.
To help pastors and parents in this endeavor, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) and our Church & Family Connect ministry are providing the Building Faith-Filled Families conference. This one-day, hands-on workshop is designed for pastors, church staff and lay leaders to help the church partner with parents and families to equip them to make disciples in the home.
This event will be offered in two different locations on consecutive days. Make plans now to attend the Building Faith-Filled Families event in Raleigh on Thursday, Sept. 24 or in Wilmington on Friday, Sept. 25. The format and content of the workshop will be the same on both days.
Mark Smith, family pastor at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory and author of two books on the family, will join several of the BSC’s evangelism and discipleship consultants to address issues related to marriage, parenting, spiritual life and more. Additional details and registration information for this event may be found online by visiting ncbaptist.org/cfc2015.
You are also encouraged to like us on Facebook (facebook.com/ncbaptist) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/ncbaptist). Through these channels, our Communications Team shares encouraging verses, practical tips and helpful resources to assist parents and families in their disciple-making efforts. We are also sharing resources that will be helpful and beneficial to families by using the hashtag #disciplemakingathome.
When you consider the rapidly declining spiritual environment within our present culture, surely you understand it is of eternal importance that you adopt an intentional laser focus on the business of making disciples who follow Christ in your home.
“… so the next generation … will put their trust in God … and keep His commands.” – Psalm 78:6-7
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Milton A. Hollifield Jr. is the executive director-treasurer for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.)