Family Relationships

We believe that men and women are equal spiritually and in their worth to God. God has ordained distinct and separate functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and elders) of the church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5&12).

•  We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the spiritual leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a wonderful gift and heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through consistent lifestyle examples and appropriate training and discipline. (Genesis. 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9; Ephesians 5:22-33; Ephesians 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; 1 Pet. 3:1-7).

•  In the Bible, God entrusts parents with responsibility for their children, and church activities and Christian schools by design operate on behalf of the parents. These responsibilities include decisions regarding church
attendance, education, healthcare, discipline, and a variety of other life choices. God instructs parents to train their children consistent with their faith. (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm. 127:3-5; Ephesians. 6:4 Proverbs. 4:20-23, 19:18, 22:6).