We believe that God has created the family to be a picture of the gospel itself. Husbands show off the glory of the gospel as they learn to love their wives sacrificially, just as Christ loves the church (). Wives show off the glory of the gospel as they learn to respect and support and help their husband’s leadership through their own gifts, as does the church to Christ ().
We want to see the gospel shape each family that comes to Grace and so we place a high value on equipping and supporting the families of our church. Our ministries our designed to bring families closer together, not pull families apart.
For example, our Community Groups are places where families are encouraged to grow together. We invite any of the older children to participate in our conversation and discussion. They can watch and see God’s work in other families and be sharpened and encouraged.
Our Sunday Children’s Ministry is focused on teaching God’s Word at an age appropriate level. We view this as supplemental help for what the parents are doing at home. Some parents will benefit from being refreshed under the Word and having some additional teaching help. Others will want their children to stay in the main meeting and worship as a family. We want our parents to choose what they feel will work best for their family. Our environment is one where children are viewed as a blessing, not a distraction.
In addition, we will offer occasional classes/retreats on topics of marriage and parenting to help strengthen our church in the roles to which they’ve been called. It’s our hope that through a variety of means, formal and informal, the gospel will shine in our families and be passed down from generation to generation ().
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
145:1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.