Pastor Hock and Jinny are a very loved couple among us in the New Life Family. Very talented and full of the heart of service, both these precious souls are working out their life of God’s Kingdom Purpose with a church-centred family lifestyle. They remind me of our early life of NLRC. Our children were brought into every church meeting in their baby basinets at their early age. Our baby baskets were passed around from family to family in the church until they finally disappeared. But the story was the same, raising babies in God’s presence in our church services and events, year in year out. We now have children that love church in their adulthood. Hock and Jinny are sowing similar seeds. They pose as a challenge to those who tend to keep their babies and children overly sanitized from church music and church people.
As I read their article, I can see a couple whose priority is the Kingdom of God. It gives me a sense of confidence that the Lord Jesus’ promise of provision will be accorded them will come true. Already, they received as a gift a seven-seat MPV when they proclaimed that they would like to have a number of children. God’s faithfulness is always available for the faithful.
Enjoy their article…
Kingdom Family Culture
By Pr Teo Chung Hock & Jinny
To me, Kingdom Life is about living our faith accurately for His will to be carried out on earth. It’s a life long journey which requires progressive faith and learning. But it has to start with the change of our mindset and desire to live out this Kingdom Life.
Kingdom Family is about living out this Kingdom Life amongst our family members especially those who are under our care. I observe how churches have become so institutionalised that we have forgotten that we were born spiritually into this Family of God. Seeing a church as an organisation with many departments versus pastoring a church as a family are so different and would require us to re-think as to how we are to treat others and how to structure the church.
We have three very young children at this moment. They are respectively five years old, two and a half years old, and six months old at the time of writing this. Although we may not have many years of parenting experience to share, but both my wife and I do set certain Kingdom values in our family. Weekly Dawn Prayer in church is one of the highlights in discipling our children. Whether if they understand or not (actually most of the time they are sleeping while we pray), we just want them to grow up in the presence of God.
Another value is living with a mission in mind. Whether long term or short term mission, we will want to include our children. As a family, we live a life which is flexible enough to be used for mission purposes. On a practical side, our kids are trained to be able to sleep everywhere at any time. We recognise that it is a grace given to them.
We have also made our home as a ministry house where we host youth gathering, short term missionary team, pastors and speakers. By doing so, we also see that our kids grow up knowing the ministry and learning how to interact with others better.
The advantage of having spent lots of time with our children growing up, we manage to guide and help them in seeing God through some basic practical theology, understanding God through daily living. I personally find this the most challenging task for Christian parents and Christian families. By the time our kids reach youth, they would have heard the bible stories many rounds but might not have a clear understanding of their faith. This is one area which we need wisdom to disciple them to experience God and have a personal faith rather than just having the knowledge of what Christians should do and behave.
1. Why do you think it is important to disciple our family (especially our children) to live a Kingdom Life?
2. What are some practical ways we can start today to disciple our family spiritually?