Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bible Study Tools Help Strengthen Families

By Chandra Bennett

Families come in different shapes and sizes—traditional families, foster families, single-parent families, blended families, adoptive families, families where children are raised by grandparents or other relatives. Despite the makeup of the families in our churches, three facts hold true.

1. Families are busy. As the mom of an energetic four-year-old who loves to sing, dance, turn cartwheels, host fabulous tea parties and dress up in all-things princess, I am all too familiar with the hustle and bustle. Yet, like you, I take seriously my responsibility to raise her to love and serve Jesus despite the busyness of life between Sundays and Bible study group meetings.

2. Families must make Jesus a priority. Perhaps like me, you attend a great church with wonderful classes for all ages, and you hang out with other Christian families. But that’s not enough. We must live our faith through daily actions and conversations.

3. Families connect with the struggles and victories of other families. No family has it all together. Despite the veneer of perfection we display in the presence of others, we all know the truth. Family life is full of twists and turns, sidesplitting laughter and hair-pulling meltdowns. But we are not alone, and we grow from the faith testimonies of other families that overcome similar challenges.

Strong families build strong churches, and churches must be concerned about the health of families outside the walls of the church. They must equip parents to take the lead as the primary disciple-makers of their families.