The Family-Integrated Church And Character-Building

1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be deceived:  Bad company corrupts good morals."

Athletes understand that in sports you tend to play up to the competition.  When you compete against people who are worse than you, you won't play up to your potential, and your game will get worse.  When you play against people who are better than you, you will play much better than normal and improve your game.

This principle is utilized by the family-integrated church.  If you put a child in a room full of immature children, they will be pulled down, or at the very least, they will not be challenged to grow.  They will likely pick up some bad habits and behavioral patterns. 

But if you put children with their parents in a room full of mature adult Christians, they will be pulled up.  They will be challenged to grow.  They will pick up some good habits and behavioral patterns.  They will see how mature people behave, and they will be motivated to mature.

This is one reason I favor the family-integrated church model.  It does a better job of helping children cultivate mature, Christian character.

If you are looking for a new church, I invite you to visit us at Church Acadiana.  Our vision is to equip parents to reach the next generation for Christ. 


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