Parenting is hard work. A difficult child makes it harder. Although our culture provides numerous resources in schools and social services, don’t ignore the local church. In fact, that body should take priority over any other societal resource.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together as is that habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” This verse indicates that church involvement is not an option. God commands church participation.
Our primary reason for attending should be glad obedience and the desire to glorify Him alongside others, giving of ourself in service to others.
In addition, as Hebrews 10 indicates, God has planned to give benefits to us through the local church. God has gifted men to shepherd Christians (Eph. 4). He has given believers to one another for mutual edification (Col. 3:16). The church is a source of learning what God says in His Word about life and relationships, including how to parent, how to rightly handle conflicts, and how to deal with fear, anger, and all other temptations and emotions. We can gain biblical counsel from someone who knows how to practically apply God’s Word to life’s problems. The church is a source of encouragement, guidance, support, correction, counsel, and accountability. It is also the best place to practice application of God’s Word in service to others. In children’s programs, your children will hear others reinforce your teachings and values. The church is not just one resource among many. It is the first place that should come to mind when seeking help.
Presently, John MacArthur is writing a series on church involvement. It has been excellent and has generated a multitude of responses. Check here for the first in the series.
The church is a place for us to give and serve unselfishly. We also receive benefits. In what ways has your local church helped you with your children?