At Anderson Mill Baptist, we’re committed to families. We know they come in different forms: two-parent homes, blended families, single parent families, and singles. But whichever the case, we believe God has charged the church with the responsibility of encouraging, equipping and resourcing the family to be the primary faith-training center for believers. The church comes alongside the family for teaching and help in the process. The church can also provide ministries that will allow us to have a greater impact together on our community and the world than we can have as individual families. But all of us spend more time in our home or with our family than we do at church. And home is where the greatest opportunity for faith-training lies.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says, “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.”
Discipleship and family ministry are at the heart of the mission of our church. This weekend we will have a great opportunity to learn more about some exciting steps we’re taking in family ministry. “Disciple Now” for our students begins Friday night and concludes with worship on Sunday morning, and that worship time will be led by Jim Allen, our Student Pastor, and Dr. Jim Dempsey, our Associate Pastor for Families. They will be sharing with us a challenge from God’s Word along with some specifics of an exciting plan for resourcing parents to be all that God wants them to be for the children in their homes. Without a plan for building godly homes, parents will struggle and lack markers to guide them on the path to success. We want to help create that plan and provide some practical resources to help make it a reality for every home.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent or unmarried, there’s a place for you in family ministry. So I hope you will listen prayerfully on Sunday and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life and home as we build Deuteronomy Six homes together.