Welcome back. Our journey through part I of this article caused us to question our understanding of the word, “family”, and to understand family as both the individual family that is made up of a variety of combinations of people and our local church family. Both of these understandings of family become vehicles where the faith can be passed down to the next generation.
Before we continue, please allow me to identify the elephant in the room. In each of our churches we work hard to educate our children and youth to know the Bible and to be good people. Many of us have committed our lives to teaching the Bible to our kids; and this is good. However, more often than not, it seems that we get sidetracked in thinking that teaching the Bible and learning the details of the stories is our goal. Perhaps this has occurred because we have bought into a “school” model that tells us that learning information or data is of ultimate importance. While this may in part be true in our schools, in our churches we desire much more.