We’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that Christianity is declining. However, there are two religions that are growing. Mormonism and Islam.
Let’s take a closer look at these things.
When it comes to Children’s Ministry, clearly Christianity is coming out in the lead. Look at our resources!
When it comes to Youth Ministry, Marriage Ministry, and even worship — Christianity is ahead of the game.
So what are we doing wrong?
We’ve neglected lifestyle discipleship and what happens at home.
Both Mormonism and Islam teach that when you adopt the religion, it’s your whole life. Everything changes. And you are to teach your children in the home.
We’ve missed that step.
We’ve missed the home emphasis. Satan has realized that if he can get Christ-like living out of the home, he can cause all kinds of problems for Christian families.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is: We serve a great God.
And God is on the move.
He has had enough of one hour hypocritical Christians. He has had enough of having the door slammed in the home.
God is on the move.
Things are starting to change and faith is coming back into the home. Not just in the American church, but all over the world.
God is on the move.
But what is the movement about?
Faith at home is a biblical call to lifestyle discipleship that establishes the home as the primary place where faith is to be lived and nurtured.
People ARE looking for more.
People want Christianity to be MORE than something that just exists for just an hour on Sunday.
They want faith to mean something.
And the church is starting to recognize it too.
Because God is on the move.
Deuteronomy 6 tells us:
Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Take a Closer Look
- …that it may go well with you: People WANT things to go well. They are looking for instructions.
- …all your heart, all your soul, all your strength: That’s all of you. All of you. Not just in church on Sunday
- …write it on your doorposts: At home.
- …when you get up and when you lie down: these things happen at home
Deuteronomy 6 gives us instruction and it also gives us a warning:
When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Get On Board!
God is on the move and we get to be a part of this Faith at Home movement. It’s time for us to get on board, changing how things are working at church and in the home.
Personally, take look at Deuteronomy 6:
- Live in love with Christ (your kids are going to love what you love)
- Feed yourself (don’t rely on the Pastor to spoon feed you)
- Wear it well (take it wherever you go. It’s like a tattoo. It goes with you wherever you go)
- This will leave a lasting impression on your children
As a church, here’s how we join the movement:
- We need to establish faith at home as a one of our heartbeats.
- We need to drive it through everyone ministry of the church.
- We need to resource it.
- We need to sustain it.
If you want parents to be intentionally teaching their own children, you need an intentional strategy to make that happen. As a church, we need the men’s ministry to challenging men to be spiritual leaders in home. We need to senior ministry to encourage our elders to invest in the lives of families. To be Titus 2 mentors and spiritual grandparents.
This is not a Children’s Ministry issue. This is a whole church issue.
Look at the budget at church. What percentage of your budget is going to buying high quality resources for parents to actually use in the home? Maybe some things need to be reworked.
Don’t give up. This ministry must be sustained. Dig in and keep going.
God is on the move.
Join the movement.
MARK HOLMEN is a husband, father, pastor, coach, speaker as well as an author of numerous books for parents and church leaders including Faith Begins At Home. For seven years Mark served as the Senior Pastor of Ventura Missionary Church where he developed and implemented a model for becoming a Faith@Home focused church, now supported by the Willow Creek Association, Focus on the Family, and many others. Mark and his family live in Ventura, California where he serves as a full-time missionary to the Faith@Home movement. WWW.FAITHATHOME.COM |@MARKHOLMEN