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Family Values

A Biblical View of Family and Family Ministry

The Blessing of Children

We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Because children are important to God, children are important to us. We reject our culture’s view of children as financial burdens or as inconvenient possessions. Rather, we rejoice with those who receive children and mourn with those whose prayerful plea for the blessing of children has gone unanswered. (Psalms 127:3-5; 128; Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 17:6; Job 42:12-16)

The Nobility of Motherhood

Motherhood is a high and honorable calling. While not every woman is called to be a wife and/or mother, those who are have an incredible responsibility; a noble calling. (Psalm 113:9; Ps. 127:3; Psalm 128:3; Proverbs 31:27-31; Titus 2:3-5)

The Honor of Fatherhood

Fatherhood is an honor and a responsibility given to man by God. Fathers are called to be the spiritual guides in their home and to model servant leadership to their families. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:4-5; Psalm 113:3; Ephesians 6:1-4; II Tim. 3:14-15)

Family Discipleship

God has given parents the primary responsibility to teach their children to be followers of Christ. God has given us, the local church, the responsibility of partnering with families and equipping them to make disciples of their children. When we say family, we include anyone whose responsibility is to rear children in a Godly manner. Our goal is to meet each family and assess their understanding of the teachings of Christ. We can then, together, help them take the next steps toward living, sharing, and showing the Gospel in their daily life and in their home (Genesis 12:8; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78:5-8; Psalm 113:3; Ephesians 6:1-4; II Tim. 3:14-15)

Church Partnership

The local church is the body of believers gathered to live out the great commission. As a body, God has called and gifted believers to serve one another and build one another up in our faith. The church is called to keep parents, especially fathers, accountable for the taking the lead in teaching their children to lead a biblically based life. All ministries, programs, and activities from the crib through the high school years are centered on helping children live, share, and show the Gospel of Jesus Christ.