Faith @ home

Welcome to our regular blog from our pastors.

You'll find wisdom, encouragement and suggestions to help parents raise children of faith.

12 august 2018

What does a Faith at Home household look like?  The main thing is that it creates its own rhythm or pattern of life that enables its members to focus upon their relationship with God.  This involves organizing different aspects.  It could mean how you prepare so you are on time for Sunday worship. It could involve how you decorate your house so that your mind is focused on God.  It could be when and how you pray together, e.g. at mealtime or bed time.  It could be how you appropriation your household budget to bless the church and the poor.  It could be where you serve together.  It might be how you celebrate Christian festivals. 

The important thing is to build habits and traditions together that enable your home to be a Spirit-filled space. These methods will need to be reviewed and updated as time and spiritual maturity changes.  Are you single?  There is a lot of freedom to design this.  Are you married?  How can you have a successful conversation about this with your spouse?  In the New Testament the home and Temple are both places of worship. What might be the next step you can take at your place?


15 July 2018

This week our [email protected] is about Time, Talent and Treasure. The goal of this session is to learn what Jesus says about these things. It is a challenge to us to consider that God has already given each of us TIME, TALENTS AND TREASURES. What we do with these gifts are up to us. What do you have in your pockets or in your handbags right now? If you were to empty it out, how many of  the objects you carry around are  useful? 


What gifts do you have that cannot be seen and how well do you use them? What about our time? God’s desire is that we manage our time according to God’s priorities. When we organise our time this way we live without regrets of spending time unwisely.  Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up  treasures here on earth, where  moths can eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves  break in and steal. Store your  treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves

do not break in and steal. Wherever  your treasure is, there the desires of  your heart will also be.”   

Keep the Faith!!  Pastor Brigitte

1 JULY 2018

In the bottom of one of my drawers I have collection of old bookmarks.   Yes, I know its a little old fashioned, and although I love reading, I keep them for another reason.  As I was growing up my Mum would often pass them on to me.  They have poems on them about how its powerful to pray in the morning.  Some have Bible verses of encouragement.  Some are just nice photos, but they are an reminder to  me of my Mum's quiet encouragement in my walk with Jesus.  Maybe her love language was also gifts. I'm not sure, but how do you communicate your loving interest in your child's spiritual life?   Is it a regular Faith Five when saying good night?  Is it letting them buy any book or music they want from Manna Books?  Is it forwarding them articles on famous Christians in the news?   Is it a Bible text every once in a while?  Is it the monthly McDonald's breakfast with your teen where you talk together about life?  We might tell ourselves that is a bit naff and silly and why should I bother, but these small, deliberate habits of the heart can pay tremendous dividends.  They build faith and at the very least can leave a legacy of love.    

Pastor Andrew

10 June 2018

Ecamp seems like a distance away.  I have recently been encouraged by how God is continuing to work in our young people’s lives. 

 One mom whose son attended the camp for the first time this year shared this testimony with me.  Her son had an incident at school and was sent to detention.  He told his mum that while cleaning the toilets he understood what he did was wrong and God is teaching him patience while completing the task. He went on to say that he would pray for the friends he got into trouble with. 

 How wonderful to see how our  young people are growing in their faith.  They are praising God and praying for others no matter what circumstances they are faced with.  This mom gave the church the credit however, but I believe parents provide the strongest influence in a child’s faith.  For me faith begins at home.

 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverb 22:6)

 I am encouraged by parents who share their childrens’ journey with us. Your testimonies make my day and God is at work in the hearts of our young leaders in the making.

 Keep the faith, Pastor Jacqueline

27 May 2018

ALL AGES AND STAGES…  

It is said that the wellness and survival of the current church depends largely on the ability to form healthy intergenerational relationships.  Here at Pakuranga Baptist, we value every age and every stage. Pastor Keith talked about imagining what it will be like if our day ended different than it started and we are never the same again because of what has happened to us. Of course he was talking about the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.   

I want us to imagine healthy relationships, friendships with people of different ages and stages of life. See, God loves diversity and unity as we imagine the body of Christ “from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev 7:9).  We still have multiple opportunities to show God’s heart for unity and diversity to others. I am inviting people from our congregation to come share with our youth and children, but also to come listen.  

  

Psalm 145:4 (NLT) says:  4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;     let them proclaim your power.  

Keep the Faith!! Pastor Brigitte

29 April 2018

Our [email protected] PHILOSOPHY: The home is the primary place where faith is nurtured - no matter what society tells us.

 

We love our children, but parenting them is a complex and often confusing task! To simplify things, this is one simple guiding principle: to equip our children to meet the demands of reality.  One day your children will have to face reality and handle it without your guidance. They will need to make mature choices to follow Christ; find great relationships to support their growth; set their core values and morals; handle romance, dating, marriage and family pathways; and craft their passions and careers.

 

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

 

Research shows that children who experience a household of clear and appropriate boundaries, delivered with love and warmth, are better equipped to meet the demands of life’s reality.  Why is this important and how do we set boundaries? Join us today for our FAH session on Boundaries with Children!

 

Keep the faith!  Pastor Brigitte

 


11 march 2018

Parents and grandparents are often keen for their kids to develop the right attitudes, but kids usually pick up who we are rather than what we say.  For instance, I had a friend many years ago who constantly criticised Christian brothers and sisters in their conversation at home.  Some of it was quite valid, but is it any surprise that their children became more distant towards Christians than what they ever needed to be?    


The next time you wonder why do they react in a certain way, do a quick inventory.  Is that what I believe deep down?  Is this something in my behaviour that they see?  We can't always control our children's response and we wouldn't want to, but we can control our own.  The cultivation and growth of our own inner child may just be the key to our own kids spiritual maturity.  

Pastor Andrew