Parents

The Story of 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. 

Partners in the Gospel

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.

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.

Family Worship

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 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

How to structure Family Worship

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

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Pastor-recommended Books

Download a list of some of our favorite books for instructing children, preteens, and teens. Also listed are some books that will encourage your hearts as parents.

Accountability

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 these parent-child contracts.

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

- Jonathan Edwards