18

The classes are in the context of our churches ministry to parents and their children.

Carrying out Jesus’ call to disciple the nations clearly includes our own children.
 

 1. We recognize first of all that God has given parents the responsibility for the whole training and education of their children.

 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

 2. We also recognize that in the Great Commission our Lord Jesus Christ gives the church the authority to baptize and receive into membership those whose lives and profession of faith give evidence that they are trusting in Christ for their salvation. Furthermore the church is to teach the doctrines and practices of the Christian faith to all those in their congregation.

 3. The Great Commission was given by Christ to the church. Individuals and families have vital roles to play but they participate in the Great Commission as part of the church.

     a. As part of its teaching/equipping ministry, the church needs to encourage and equip parents, especially fathers, as leaders of their families. This is one of the main purposes of our Men/Father’s Meetings. We also offer periodic TRI classes on Marriage and Family.

     b. The Scripture illustrates that often the whole family, both adults and children, would meet together for instruction and worship (Deuteronomy 29:10-11; Joshua 8:35; Ephesians 6:1-4).

* Therefore we encourage families (parents and their children) to worship together in our corporate worship services. A nursery is often provided for small children if that is helpful to you.

     c. The Scripture also speaks of times when certain segments of the congregation were set apart for instruction especially focused on them. (1 Samuel 1-2 Samuel’s parents authorized him to be instructed by Eli; Nehemiah 8:2 “men and women and all who could listen with understanding”; Luke 2:46-47 twelve year old Jesus was listening to teachers at the temple for 3 days; Acts 22:3 Paul was sent to learn from Gamaliel when he was a young man; Titus 2:3-5 Older women are to teach younger women).

  • Therefore, we offer age-segregated Sunday School classes for children through the 6th grade from 9:00 to 10:15 am on Sunday mornings. Each of these classes uses material that the Undershepherds have approved. We ask the teachers to give parents a summary of what was covered in the class so that parents know what their children are being taught and can follow up at home.
  • The younger youth, 7th – 8th graders, have a regular Sunday School class that is studying a Christian Worldview curriculum.
  • The older youth, 9th grade and up, are part of our Two Rivers Institute classes.