Faith at Home and at Church
I had the great blessing of growing up in a Christian home. My parents were active members of Wylam Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. We were faithful church members. We went to church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. I was in Sunday School, Training Union, and Royal Ambassadors. We attended revivial services each summer as well. We went to church!
So, I learned about faith at church! I had faithful Sunday School teachers, Training Union leaders, mission leaders, basketball coaches, and ministers at my church. They loved us. They served the Lord faithfully and taught us the Bible. Our ministers served the Lord and our church well. We loved our church and were blessed by it.
However, I also learned about faith at home. In fact, that is where I really learned about Christianity. My parents taught me the Bible. They shared with me the truths of the faith. We read the Bible at home. We prayed at home. My parents modeled the Christian life at home. They demonstrated the love of a Christian marriage in our home. They lived out their faith at home. They lived out their faith in the neighborhood. My parents were Christians at church — and at home! They prayed over decisions. They talked freely about their faith. They shared their faith with others. They shared Christian fellowship with others in our home.
The church was truly important to us. But, I spent more time at home than at church! My parents were my real Bible teachers. Their Christianity was real and authentic. It was not just something they expressed on Sunday mornings. It was their everyday life. Consequently, we were all shaped by it. So, I learned from them in my everyday life. I realize now how blessed I was.
Sunday night, we will launch our annual Faith at Home ministry. I love being a part of it. It is a time for us to just bless you as the real spiritual leaders in your families. We simply come alongside you in this journey. Faith is lived out at home. In real time. In real lives. Our children learn from their parents about what really matters in life. Home life is where it’s at!!!
I am honored to be able to lead you in a time of Bible study and reflection at Faith at Home. I just want to encourage you and bless you in your role as spiritual leaders in your families. I am praying for your family today!