When raising children to be followers of Christ we strive to instill in them basic core values to establish a strong foundation to be a disciple of Christ.
Some of the most foundational and important lessons we can teach kids about interacting with other people is RESPECT, TOGETHERNESS and SELF-CONTROL.
A child needs to understand that respect is important to God. We know this by the way God inspired His authors to write about it in the Bible. Respect is more than good manners. It includes respecting elders, respecting others that have a different background and respecting the wishes and needs of other kids.
When a child does something to embarrass another child, they are not showing respect. When they partake in name calling, even if they think they are being funny, they are not showing respect.
Romans 13:1-7 Paul reminds us that all authority comes from God. So, when we choose to show respect to authority figures, such as parents and teachers, we are showing respect to God.
Followers of Christ are to be a witness to others. We are called to share the Gospel with those around us. To achieve this task, we must know how to effectively be together in a positive way with other people. We strive to teach children the virtue of togetherness in the activities they are a part of in Sunday School and Orange.
The Bible warns us that if we do not have self-control, we will be slaves to what controls us.
“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28
Being self-controlled is the very foundation for living a life of righteousness and selflessness that reflects Jesus and brings glory to God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other.” Galatians 5:22-26
When we think of self-control, we sometimes overlook the fact that it includes small things such as:
- Controlling your desire to talk when a teacher or classmate is talking
- Controlling your hands from grabbing things that belong to someone else
- Having control over your feet when you are wanting to run on the sidewalk or jump to see if you can touch the ceiling
Parent’s Role as a Leader
Parents have a primary place as the spiritual leaders in their home. The church ministry is here to equip you to be the leader God wants you to be by giving you ideas, resources, and support as you lead your family. With this influence from the home, faith and values can be instilled into the next generation. It is our desire to support you as a parent, help you connect with others on the same journey of Christian parenting, and provide opportunities that allow you and your family to grow in your Christian faith.
How can I get involved as a parent?
One of the best and easiest ways to get involved as a parent is to volunteer with us on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. We have several different opportunities including worship leaders, Bible Study teachers, volunteers for special events and more. For more information on getting plugged in, please contact us through email firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I get my son/daughter more involved in church?
Help your child make church a priority in their life by bringing them to church WITH you and ask how YOU can get involved by serving alongside your child.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9
“Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Deuteronomy 11:19