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
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.
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)
To learn more about family worship:
- Rehearse the pastor's sermon
- Pray together
- Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney
- A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos
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:
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.
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
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:
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.
BBC offers Bible drill for youth interested in memorizing Scripture. You can see our Bible drill schedule here.
Accountability is an integral part of discipleship. Jesus commanded that we "teach them to obey" everything He has commanded us (Matthew 28:20). Teaching obedience is difficult. It requires patience, modeling, an understanding that all struggle with sin's influence, and a willingness to provide accountability.
Below are a few ways that you can provide your student with accountability, to help them be faithful to the Lord in areas where they are likely to experience temptation:
A youth's purity is something worth protecting. Help them understand God's purpose for purity and marriage.
Also see Randy Alcorn's The Purity Principle
Cellphones & Technology
While there is no hard and fast rule for when to provide your child with a cellphone or how long one should be allowed to use technological devices, parents should provide clear guidelines & restrictions to protect them from addictive patterns, over-stimulation, and exposure to explicit material.
Check out the following parent-child contracts:
We have included some resources to help you teach biblical truth to your students that will shape their worldview:
- Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce A. Ware
- Core Christianity, Michael Horton
- Everyone's a Theologian, R. C. Sproul
- Who is Jesus?, Greg Gilbert
- Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
- Reformation Heroes, Joel Beeke
- Christian History Made Easy, Timothy Paul Jones
- There is also a video series version taught by the author.
- 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy, John Piper
- What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?, Kevin DeYoung
- God and the Transgender Debate, Andrew T. Walker
- Why Trust the Bible?, Greg Gilbert
- How We Got the Bible, Timothy Paul Jones
- More Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowell
- Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
Devotional Material for Families
Pastor TJ provides a weekly family devotional that coincides with the midweek youth worship sermon. These are intended to guide parents in the Scriptures that their students learn during that week's youth gathering and to provide them with an easy-to-read resource for their families to explore the Scriptures together.
You can access the devotionals by clicking the arrows below or by emailing pastor TJ and ask to be placed on the email list.
OtherDevotional Material for Students
- Matthew 1:1-11
- Matthew 1:12-17
- Matthew 1:1-17 (A Few Nuts in Jesus' Tree)
- The Incarnation of God the Son
- Matthew 3:1-12 (John, The Forerunner of Jesus)
- Matthew 3:13-4:11 (The Baptism & Temptation of Jesus)
- Matthew 4:12-25 (The Ministry of Jesus in Galilee)
- Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beatitudes)
- Matthew 5:13-16 (Jesus' Disciples Engage the Culture)
- Matthew 5:17-20 (Jesus, the Fulfillment of the Law)
- Matthew 5:21-26 (Jesus & the True Interpretation of the Law: Murder of the Heart)
- Matthew 5:27-32 (Jesus & the True Interpretation of the Law: Covenant Faithfulness)
- Matthew 5:33-37 (Jesus & Faithful Speech)
Devotional Material for Parents
- Crazy Love, Francis Chan
- Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman
- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper
- This Changes Everything, Jaquelle Crowe