Teach Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

From time to time we have special days set aside to focus on particular ministries of Grace Baptist Temple. Last Sunday evening we focused on our youth ministry, R.U.S.H. Today we want to focus on the ministry of our school, Grace Baptist Academy.

It was in the late summer of 1974, that the Grace Baptist Temple launched the ministry of the American Christian School. Having completed a recent addition to the church it was immediately put into use. Five years later the name of the school was changed to more closely identify it as a ministry of the church and became known as the Grace Baptist Academy. Due to increased growth in the enrollment of the school, plans were made to build again. In April of 1995, we were able to move into our present facilities. Next year we will begin our thirtieth year of providing quality Christian education to this community. To God be the glory!

This morning we welcome all parents and friends of Grace Baptist Academy. The Grace Baptist Academy exists today because this church has a vision for reaching today's young people who will be tomorrow's leaders. Our vision for children is further evidenced in a solid Sunday school; Kids Klub and Junior Church programs; an exciting and challenging youth department; and of course the Grace Baptist Academy where we minister the Word of God daily to the boys and girls who are enrolled.

There are a variety of good reasons that parents choose to enroll their children at GBA. We have a great staff, great facilities, great curriculum, and great history in providing Christian education to children in this community. Another reason that many choose GBA is our philosophy of education. Every organization should have a stated purpose for existence. As a ministry of the Grace Baptist Temple, GBA's purpose statement is clear:

It is our goal to provide a good quality education along with a solid Christian foundation for each of our students. We believe that God has given to parents the responsibility to rear their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It is our desire to work closely with parents in this endeavor; we are not here to reform, but simply to assist parents accomplish the stated purpose.

When we speak of education, most people will automatically associate education with formal schooling. But learning begins long before a child begins kindergarten. From the moment a child is born, he becomes a student. He begins to learn from what he sees and hears. He responds to the influences of his home and his environment. The world becomes his classroom and, generally speaking, his parents become his first teachers. Parents, ours is an awesome responsibility isn't it? Let me share with you some thoughts from God's Word on how to meet that responsibility.

Being a parent is a full-time job. There are no Spring breaks or Summer vacations from being a parent. The teaching of our children is to be a continual effort, but it seems there are some special times that we can be most effective in our endeavor to teach truth to our children.

Read: De. 6:1-9

I. When Thou Sittest in Thine House

II. When Thou Walkest in the Way

III. When Thou Liest Down and When Thou Risest Up.

This morning we have looked at some principles to help us take advantage of teaching opportunities with our children. The Bible tells us that our children are a gift from God. As parents we must make every effort to teach them the truth of God's Word. But we cannot teach something that we do not know. Are you born again? Do you know the joy of a personal relationship with God? You can trust Him today.

Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus. Will you trust Him this morning? Come now and commit your life to Christ…only then can you be the proper example for your children. Christian parents, are we living for the Lord? Our children learn how important God is in our lives as they observe how we live. If worshiping and serving God isn't a priority with us, our children will see and learn from our example.

Perhaps you would like to come and pray for God's strength and grace as you rear your children in His way.

Come today whatever the need might be, and let God have His way in your life.