Our Mission at Believers Church is straight forward: “We are dedicated to making fully devoted followers of Christ in every generation.” OK…I’ll admit, there isn’t really anything new or earth-shattering in our Mission Statement. It is short. Easily understood. To the point. It also flies in the face of everything we know about American Pop Culture. Pop Culture would have you believe that the generations are separated by what they call “generation gaps.” Since there are new babies being born every minute of every day; there are no discernible gaps. There is a continual flow of people of all ages; some are older and some are younger. Although Pop Culture tries to divide the different age groups by creating different waves of fashion, fades and styles; it is largely done to create buying trends which help turn a profit. The different generations may wear different styles of clothes, listen to different music and be influenced by the cultural narrative aimed at their particular age group; but, the things that really count in life are timeless.
Beauty; Truth; Morality; Family; Integrity; Values; Friendship; Hard Work; Love; Faith; Hope… These “things” have great worth and should be treasured by every generation of people. In the Church, these things are all tied together and found in our relationship with Christ. As we endeavor to make fully devoted followers of Christ in every generation, we are handing the key (Christ Jesus) that leads to an abundant life. A life full of the things that really count. Did you hear me? “A life full of the things that really count!”
Making fully devoted followers out of our children starts in the home. This is not simply taking them to “church” and stuffing their minds full of Bible verses. It is creating a home environment where the timeless values are lived out in real time. As a parent you should take the time with your children to listen to beautiful music; take walks in God’s beautiful creation; play games and put together puzzles around the table; take on family projects (like planting a garden); try out different foods from around the world; build around some common interests (No common interests? Make some!). Do all these things in the context of a loving family that is committed to Christ. At that point…it is OK to stuff their minds full of Bible verses and bring them to church. Most young children view their parents as super heroes—it is your chance to shine and lead your children into being fully devoted followers of Christ.