Monday, December 29, 2014

A New Blog

My Confirmation is an online learning site designed with Lutheran Confirmation in mind. The desire, however, is not just for the Small Catechism, but also for all Lutheran and Biblical learning. The site, as well as this blog, are also about learning these things but also about teaching them. It is important that we don't just have resources but know the hows and why of using them. It is also increasingly apparent that we are teaching less in our homes expecting others to teach for us. With all of these things in mind, I have started this blog to give both the reasoning as well as some things that we as children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles...etc. can do in our homes and at our churches to better study, learn, and inwardly digest the Holy Scriptures.

Christian Education

Starting out in the blogosphere, let me begin with where I am at. Looking at the reality and condition of the church, and particularly our children within our church, we can begin to look forward to where we want to go, and what we ultimately want to do.  

As Christians who take seriously our calling as husbands and wives, parents and children it is important that we do not ignore our faith and the faith of our children. While youth seem to spend more time learning and in various activities, the Word of God is being given and spoken to them less and less. God promises that His Word will not return to Him empty. Throughout the Old and New Testaments we are told of the importance that God has placed on teaching the Words and Deeds of God to our children.
Depending on which statistic you use, anywhere from 40-80 percent of our youth are leaving the church and never returning. One of the largest reasons given for this is because of the lack of family involvement in raising their own children. Parents are reading Scripture to their children less and less. The topic of God, Jesus, faith and the like is being discussed minimally if at all.  Add to this that schools are increasingly taking time away from family. We are left with families that are not able to do their jobs and in many cases churches that actually end up adding to the problem with youth ministry activities.

Over the next few weeks, I plan on looking more deeply into some of the issues mentioned above and to also look at some solutions. There is no silver bullet here, there is no one size fits all, and there certainly is no, "program" that will solve all our problems. However, holding the Word of God close at hand and teaching it to our children is something that is important, and just giving up is not the answer. The answer, lies in the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through God's Word. The solutions that will be looked at and discussed all hold to this, they all hold to the working of the Holy Spirit through God's Word and how important it is in all facets of life, including teaching our children.