Ministry to Families (D.E.F.E.N.D.)
Families are falling apart all around us. The divorce rate is at an all time high; The birth rate has plummeted to an all time low. Children lack discipline and self control, and are falling away from the faith at rates of up to 88 percent (2002 SBC Council on the Family)! At Grace Family Baptist Church, we believe the answer is simple. We must DEFEND the family.
The current state of the family has left most people with poor models, or no models at all when it comes to biblical family. Consequently, many people simply don’t know what biblical family looks like. We are committed to the discipleship of individuals and families with a view toward establishing sound biblical principles upon which the home is built (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 2:6).
We are committed to equipping and expecting men to step into their God-given role as priest, prophet and provider in the home, and in turn, to lead their wives and teach their children in the ways of righteousness (Titus 2)
Family takes time. Therefore, at Grace Family Baptist Church, we are committed to “creating space” for families to spend time together (Ephesians 5:16). We do not offer a host of programs that run families ragged. We would much rather encourage you to spend more time around your family table enjoying one another’s company, or engaging in Christian hospitality toward your neighbors.
We believe the church is a “family of families” (this phrase refers to the “structure” of the church, not the “nature”). Our desire is to encourage families to be all God wants them to be, since the strength of the church is dependent upon the strength of individual families (Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:1-4).
Family life is filled with both mountaintops and valleys. We are committed to rejoicing with families when they experience the highs, and nurturing them during the lows (Romans 12:15; 1 Corinthians 12:26; Hebrews 13:3).
Grace Family Baptist Church has been blessed with many families that exemplify the best the biblical model has to offer. These families aren’t perfect, but they are far enough down the road to help others just starting out (Titus 2).
Our primary goal with any broken marriage is to reconcile it if possible. Thus, the first question we ask in the case of single parents is, “Can we help restore this person’s marriage?” If we can, we are obligated to do so. If we cannot (i.e., in the case of the death or remarriage of a spouse), we pick up the pieces and move on (Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:11).
While we believe the ideal family involves two loving, godly parents, we do not consider single-parent families inferior to traditional, nuclear families. We understand that many people find themselves raising children without the help of a spouse for a variety of reasons beyond their control, and we embrace these families (Deuteronomy 10:18; 16:14; 24:19-21).
As with all families, we are committed to discipling single parents, and equipping them to disciple the children with which they have been entrusted (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 2:6).
We are committed to providing encouragement to single parents. We recognize the added burdens involved in raising children alone, and believe God has called us to come alongside single parents in an effort to lighten their load wherever possible.
Grace Family Baptist Church is a covenantal body of believers. We share life together. We are committed to enveloping our members in a blanket of genuine fellowship, especially those with the added burden of single parenthood.
Grace Family Baptist Church is committed to minister to single parents and their children. When needs arise, we see ourselves as extended family.