At EMC we are committed to the discipleship of entire families, beginning in the home. The Family Discipleship archive contains a variety of resources – from articles and study materials to a fully developed catechism – to equip moms and dads with helpful tools for raising godly children.

Parents have been given by God a tremendous responsibility to disciple their children to be fully committed followers of Jesus. We are here to help you accomplish this task.

ARTICLE: How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home

The article, “How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home,” offers a helpful perspective about the purpose of parenting. It is not to raise good moral citizens, but to raise disciples of Jesus whose lives have been transformed by his grace.

Too many times, (Christian) parents have it as their goal to make their kids good and moral. It is as if the entire purpose of their family’s spiritual life is to shape their children into law-abiding citizens who stay out of trouble. The only problem with this goal is that it runs in stark contrast to what the Bible teaches. The gospel is not about making bad people moral, but about making dead people alive. If we teach morality without the transforming power of the gospel and the necessity of a life fully surrendered to God’s will, we are raising moral pagans.

According to the author, the “American dream plus Jesus” does nothing more than merely produce “good, moral pagans.” This article forces Christian parents who are serious about discipling their children to honestly evaluate what their objectives truly are. It is challenging, but fresh and insightful. Check it out.

Article – How to Help Your Kids Fall Deeper in Love With God

The following article (click image below) speaks to the heart of EMC’s Children and Youth Ministry. It is in the home, with the church supporting and walking alongside, where God asks us to disciple our children. It is in the home where real life happens and where real, authentic love for God takes root. It is in the home where children see us, their parents, their life-examples, living out, or not living out, our faith and obedience to our Lord and Savior. This article offers 3 specific ways for parents to obey God’s call to raise our children up in Him. “We are in this together. Parents the church is for you, we are ready to fight for your children with you.” – Erin Woodfin

Catechism – Week 29 – The Eschaton, Part 1
Why is Jesus Returning to Judge the World?

Luke 12:2 – Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. (ESV)

What will God judge?
God will judge all sin. Even things that no one knows about that are said or done in secret.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 – Since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven…inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. (ESV)

When will Jesus judge the world?
Jesus will judge the world when he is revealed. That is when he returns in glory.

Who will be judged?
All nations and all people will be judged

How will they be judged?
They will be judged on their knowledge and obedience to the gospel.

Why does God judge the world?
It is just.

Because he cares for his people, those who have hurt his people will be judged negatively.

Read as Paul continues his thought:

V. 10a – When [Jesus] comes on that day to be glorified in his saints and to be marveled at among all who have believed.

How does someone escape a negative judgment?
We escape a negative judgment by believing the gospel.

Scripture Memory Verse:

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (ESV)

Why is Jesus returning to judge the world?
Jesus is returning to bring justice for all the evil that has been done.

Adults and older students are encouraged to receive a fuller explanation from Dr. Tim Tennent (President of Asbury Theological Seminary) by clicking this link.

Catechism – Week 28 – Resurrection
What is the Bodily Resurrection of the Dead?

It might be helpful to review portions from week 20 on glorification.

1 Corinthians 15:20 – But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (ESV)

What is a firstfruit and what does it mean that Christ is the firstfruits from the dead?
Firstfruits are initial fruit that shows the promise of harvest to come. Because Christ has risen from the dead, those in Christ (Christians) will also rise from the dead. Continue reading Catechism – Week 28 – Resurrection