How can we expect nominal believers to disciple their children?
Unfortunately, this is normal. True biblical discipleship is a rarity in the modern American church. Rare is the family headed by a godly father who actually sees discipleship as his responsibility. Rarer still is the man who is equipped for the task. As a result, this is a very real issue that must be addressed.
At GFBC, we rely on catechism as a discipleship tool. As a result, we tell our men, “You only have to be a day ahead.” A man who is catechizing his children is also catechizing himself. Moreover, a man who is encouraged and expected to lead in family worship on a regular basis will be transformed in a very short time into something he never knew he could be:
As they pray for each other their mutual love is strengthened. Reading and memorizing Scripture and the catechisms of the church results in incredible development of children, both spiritually and intellectually. What families regard as important is evidenced by the manner in which they spend their time. Therefore, regular family worship shows the children that their parents believe that Jesus Christ is central to all of life. This practice leaves a legacy that will benefit thousands in generations to come.
- David Wegener, JBMW
Men must be challenged. They must have mountains to climb; foes to conquer. The FIC says to men, “Here is your challenge... go make disciples in your home. No one is going to do it for you. You simply must get it done.” We offer help, encouragement, accountability and training. But it is ultimately up to our men to get the job done (Deuteronomy 6:4-15; Ephesians 6:1-4).