This blog is authored by Andrew Horsfield, the Childrens and Families Pastor at Hunter Bible Church, Newcastle Australia.
While there is a lot of things we do as parents that will impact our children, parenting for Christ’s sake looks very different to parenting for the child’s sake (or my sake)! The world tells us we are kings and queens of our own little kingdoms, with my house as my castle and my kids as heirs in training. Christian parents cannot afford to buy this lie. It is a gross misrepresentation of what it means to be part of God’s chosen kingdom, co-heirs with Christ in His kingdom and heralds of this life-changing gospel for those with ears to hear.
I do not presume to have all the answers and by no means am the perfect parent. My prayer is that through his mercy, God will save many children through Godly parenting that values the gospel, lives out the gospel and teaches the gospel. So what is the gospel? Who Will Be King? is a great publication by Matthias Media that presents the gospel of Christ in 6 easy steps. This blog aims to provide some thought-provoking ideas on what we do and say as parents (as well as what we do NOT do and say) that can influence the attitude our kids grow up with in regard to Jesus, church membership, serving in ministry and spreading this gospel of mercy to everyone with ears to hear it.
There is a lot of discussion on the web about whether to have kids included in church worship services or run a separate program for them at the same time as adult church – often called Kids Church, Church for Kids, Kids@Church or something similar. This blog is NOT going to weigh in on this debate as different churches will implement different strategies for teaching children based on a number of factors – congregation size, number of kids, venue restrictions, volunteers, etc. Such a decision is up to our church leadership team and we are to respectfully submit and support our church leaders as they shepherd the flock.