Last week while listening to Phil Vischer speak at the Kidzmatter web summit, he said something that really struck me. (I don’t have the perfect quote, like I said it hit me hard!) He said something like this, “in a perfect world, parents would be discipling their children, BUT who has taught them how to disciple?”
I have studied two books recently, both by the same author Brian Haynes. His books Shift and The Legacy Path have been monumental in forming my family ministry paradigm. As I was reading this morning his chapter from Legacy Path (ch.7 Church+Home) It really rattled my cage!
Just recently I’ve had discussions with others serving in children’s ministry and we were talking about the differences in generations as parents. Growing up in the 70’s-80’s it seemed my parents wanted me to learn about my creativity, how to win and how to lose, to fail without getting hurt or hurting others. I learned somethings the hard way but always under the watchful eye of my parents.
“Our goal in parenting is not ultimately for our kids to get a great education or to be great athletes, or to find a great spouse or get a great career. Our goal is for them to love a great God.” David Platt D6 Conference 2011
I have studied the book of Matthew one chapter a time for the past few weeks and what has struck me time and time again, during this study is the power of a word! Not just one word in particular, but the picture that is shown to us reading the scriptures. Each encounter with Jesus people were confronted with either believing in Who Jesus is, what he could do, or trying to humanly figure things out on their own. Every time in these early passages in Matthew, we see that the FAITH of a person in front of Jesus, resulted in him saying a powerful word(s) and the results something miraculous happened.
Some of you who follow me on twitter, FB or this blog, know that I recently accepted a new ministry position with Fellowship Bible Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I am thrilled to a part of a leadership team who love God, love people, love each other, and want to see the gospel proclaimed throughout the local area and the world.