"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
-Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)
"He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God."
-Psalms 78:5-8 (ESV)
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
-Ephesians 6:1-4 (ESV)
Multigenerational Faithfulness is the Goal
As believers we all want to pass our faith on to our children, and our children's children, and so on. The question is; how do we do that? We believe that parents are the key that unlocks that door. Even the most well-funded church programs can only be so effective, mainly because of time constraints. The number of hours spent with children or youth in weekly programs pales in comparison to the time parents have with their kids. Parents are the primary influencers of their children, whether good or bad. Scripture has layed out the plan for multigenerational faithfulness which places the responsibility primarily on fathers. We know that not every family has a loving, God-fearing dad in the home, and some homes don't have any Christian parents at all...what can we do? We come along side the Christian parent or guardian and support and encourage him (or her) to pass on his faith to his children. We strive to reach the unsaved parent or parents with the Gospel. We, as a church family, take those kids under our wing and show them God's love and His ways by sharing our family life with them. In a church there are many fathers, mothers, aunts, etc. to be the Christian family every person needs.
What about grandparents? Leaving a legacy of faith to your kids and grandkids is great task indeed. You never stop being a parent, no matter how old your children are. Here at CFBC we encourage grandparents to seek to influence their kids and grandkids with the truths of Scripture as often as they can. Perhaps you feel that you missed out on training up your child in the way they should go when you were younger...until the Lord takes us, it is never too late to begin! We put tools into the hands of grandparents and other family members that will help make their home a place of worship, fruitful discussion, and prayer whenever loved ones come and visit.
Will singles get left out in CFBC? Of course not! Singles are incorporated into the rest of the body of Christ during worship, small groups, family camp, and all other events. Older women train up younger women and older men train up younger men (Titus 2:1-8).