Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What's More Important: Church or Family?

An on-going concern I have as a pastor is about families who idolize the family at the expense of the church, and on the other hand families that expect the church to completely handle the spiritual formation of their children. There is a healthy balance between church and family that Chris Brauns helps us evaluate in a recent post:

Both the Church (consisting of local churches) and the family are central aspects of God’s created order.

The Church (again I’ll say meeting in local churches) is God’s plan for this age. We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood (Peter 2:11-12). Indeed, the local church is as much God’s plan for this age, as the Ark was for Noah’s (Ephesians 3:10). Recall that Jesus taught that a commitment to Him takes precedence over even immediate family (Luke 14:26).

At the same time, the family is part of God’s created order and continues to be singularly important. Ephesians 5:22-6:4!

Read the rest here.


  1. I realize this is an old post, but I thought I would comment in case someone stumbles across it as I have today.

    My thought is that being involved in a local church is extremely important, but the level of involvement is the question. There are many important things to be done at a church and many of us have talents and skills that can be put to use for a purpose. However, I believe that a family has to be cared for and given priority over the other volunteer areas at the church.

    The family should be in church and do what they are called to do, but the family shouldn't be abandoned to fill the ever growing list of jobs available at church.

    One thing to think about from your post is that we are called to follow Him in Luke, not called to follow the church.

  2. I would agree wholeheartedly with the last comment and just add the old adage which never ceases to be true "Charity begins at home." Let's not forget also that God is not in any one specific place. God is everywhere. One does not heve to go to church to find God.:)