For the Family

God's heart beats for the family.  In fact, the family is the very first institution God created (Gen. 2).  While the family was created to love and serve God (and each other) fully, we know from experience that something happened that has crippled each family member.  


Sin breaks the family.  Sin makes parents say things that scar their children.  Sin causes children to rebel and inflict harm on themselves.  Everything bad that happens in the home is the result of sin infecting the heart of each and every individual.


Christ Redeems the family.  As you come to trust in Christ, every aspect of your life comes under His Lordship.  This includes your parenting.  Christ's way is better than sin's way.  As you trust Christ with your parenting, you will find that He is able to overcome the effects of sin in your home and bless you, your spouse, and your children.


Role of the Parent

Christ's call to parents is a call to discipleship.  


In Deuteronomy, God calls parents to make the home a place that is saturated with the Word of God (Deut. 6:4-9).  The Apostle Paul encourages parents to "bring [children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).


Not only has God appointed you for this calling, He has also strategically positioned you for it.


"Every family ought to be as it were a little church."

- Jonathan Edwards


Role of the Church

Christ's call to the church is to partner with & equip parents for discipleship.


Paul says that God has appointed pastors and teachers in the church "to equip the saints for the work of the ministry" (Eph. 4:12).


God has provided parents with church leaders to support them in their role as their child's primary disciple-makers; not to undermine it.  As such, Broadway Baptist Church is committed to family-equipping ministry.  You will find that our pastors want to help you disciple your children and help your families be as healthy as they can be.  Below are some resources provided that will get you started in this blessed ministry of yours.


Family Discipleship Resources


  • Family Worship

    Lead them towards the worship of God

    What is Family Worship?


    Family worship is a time of worshiping the One True & Living God as a family.  Setting aside to worship the Lord each day is a step of obedience that the Lord will honor and bless.  Family worship times can be very brief, but should include no less than a time of (1) prayer and (2) Bible reading/teaching.  However, it is encouraged that families will go a step further and (3) sing praise songs together.


    "They that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all."

    - Charles Spurgeon, The Happy Duty of Daily Praise




    The puritan, Richard Baxter (1615 -1691) prescribed an outline for family worship as follows:


    Daily Devotion (Monday-Saturday)

    • Morning & evening Scripture reading
    • Rehearse catechisms
    • Sing praise songs together
    • Pray together

    The Lord's Day (Sunday)
    • Rehearse the pastor's sermon
    • Pray together


    To learn more about family worship:
    • Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney
    • A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos




    Resources


    Read Scripture

    One of the easiest ways to implement family worship is simply to commit to a Bible-reading plan & read the daily Scriptures.  If you miss a day, just start back where you left off:


    Download the Read Scripture app 



    Another idea is simply to go through the Bible from Genesis - Revelation.  Use the Family Worship Bible Guide by Reformation Heritage Books to help you explain Passages to your students.




    Sing

    Here are some ideas for singing together:

    • Songs printed in the church bulletin
    • Songs played from an audio device
    • Songs played by your musically-inclined family member




  • Scripture Memorization

    Lead them towards full reliance on the Word

    Memorizing Scripture is a one of the most valuable of spiritual disciplines.  If you do not know where to start, here are a few suggestions:



    Catechisms

    The church in the 2nd century developed this practice to help young believers memorize biblical truth & Passages.  A catechism is a set of questions with answers & Scripture Passages.  The answers are designed to summarize the biblical content that answers the question and are easy to memorize.  These can be easy to rehearse with your child on the way to school or during family worship time.


    The youth are going through the New City Catechism each Wednesday evening  



    Bible Drill

    BBC offers Bible drill for youth interested in memorizing Scripture.  You can see our Bible drill schedule here.





  • Children's Books

    Lead them towards developing a biblical worldview

    • The Plan: How God Got the World Ready for Jesus, Sinclair Ferguson
    • The Prince's Poison Cup, R. C. Sproul
    • The Priest with Dirty Clothes, R. C. Sproul
    • The Knight's Map, R. C. Sproul
    • Jesus Teaches Us to be Good, Sinclair Ferguson
    • The Church History ABCs, Stephen J. Nichols
    • Reformation Heroes, Joel Beeke
    • Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce A. Ware




  • Biblical Parenting

    Resources to Encourage Your Hearts & Families

    • Shepherding a Child's Heart, Ted Tripp
    • Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles, Paul David Tripp
    • Adopted for Life, Russell Moore
    • The Faithful Parent, Martha Peace
    • Parenting is More Than a Formula, Jim Newheiser