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The Great Commission In Your Home

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18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

These are words from the “Great Commission”, given by Jesus to His disciples at the end of His time on earth. Words that His disciples took to heart and followed, words that we should take to heart and follow as well. I think if we were honest with ourselves, we would all agree that we need to do more in our disciple making endeavors.

Unless you are a full-time missionary to some distant land, I’m sure you feel like you could and should be doing more to spread the Gospel laid out in the book of Matthew; and for the most part, I think you would be right–we can all be doing more to share the love of Jesus to all nations. Whether that means more giving of finances, more prayer time, or actually planning a trip overseas. We need to be doing what we can to reach the people Jesus told us to reach. These are all great and very important. However,

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My dad once told me, “the only possessions that you can take to heaven with you is your family.” Now, he said this talking about materialism, and not focusing on accumulating as much stuff as possible. But, the words struck me in a different way. As a husband and father, my first and greatest mission field is my family. As the spiritual head of my household, my job given to me by God is to lead and direct my family towards the things of Christ. Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Being in the ministry for 15 years, I have seen men who have large, far-reaching ministries, but end up losing their kids and wives because they forget about the harvest field down the hall in their homes. No amount of success in ministry is worth neglecting and sacrificing your family for. We need to be on our knees praying for our wives and kids daily. We need to be asking God to give us the wisdom to lead, guide, and direct our families. We need to be the ones teaching our kids what the Bible says.

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In every heart, of every man, who is a true follower of Christ, lies the desire to do something great for God. But, in our desire to do great things for God and to obey the great commission let’s not forget those that God has entrusted us with that we see across the dinner table every night.

Jeremy Carroll
Church 212 Family Pastor
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Time is Running Out


That is the approximate amount of weeks that a parent has with their child from birth until they graduate from high school.

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You have been waiting nine months and finally you are holding that small, soft, and helpless being that you helped to create; one of the most amazing of God’s miracles lies quietly (hopefully) asleep in your arms, and time seems to stand still to let you soak it all in.

Fast-forward to today, as a now veteran parent, you know that was the last time that has ever happened. Your world now consists of taking kids to school, picking them up, getting them to soccer, baseball and/or gymnastics and ballet.

You run frantically trying to figure out when to find time for homework, extra practice before the big game on Saturday, and what to eat for dinner tonight; and that was just Monday.

Our world today is full of stuff and many times you may feel that even though you are with your kids, there is a lack of quality time! The number 936 that use to seem huge when they were little, now it gets smaller and smaller, the bigger they get.

The good news is that you are not alone; this is a problem that all parents everywhere struggle with. I am not an expert and I won’t pretend that all of these ideas are exclusively mine. But I can attest from experience that these ideas do work. Here are three ways to improve quality time with your children.

Be intentional

I have a 14-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son and the reality is, the older my kids get, the busier their lives get, and the more intentional I have to be if I want to have influence in their lives.

At our church we use a kids curriculum from the ReThink Group called, “Orange.” One of the verses they use is Deuteronomy 6:6-9 which says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

Now you may be wary of binding things on the foreheads of your kids, but the principles in these verses should definitely become practices for parents who want to impact their kids.

Use dinner time (when you sit at home, vs7) to talk about their day and then interject Biblical truth when the opportunity arises.

We don’t walk places as much anymore but what about those car rides to school, to practice, and to run errands? What a great time (when you walk along the road), to grab a kids devotional and have them read a page out of it and discuss it or say a quick prayer about a situation they are dealing with.

Eventually children have to sleep and this down time is a great time to model how to pray or to read them a verse or two before the day is over.

The point is, there are times in our day that instead of just going about the task that is at hand, you can use them to impact the lives of your kids.

Connect with your kids on their level and at their interests

There was a time in my life where I enjoyed firing up the old Nintendo Entertainment System and trying to punch out Mike Tyson, but as a now 40-year-old man those days are gone. Not necessarily because it wouldn’t be fun but because sadly my video game time passed when they added more than two buttons.

My son on the other hand is a video game savant; he usually can beat his newest game in two days flat. I have found that even though I am terrible at video games, it can be a great time to bond and hang out with my son. When my boy is older, hopefully he will think about what a great time he had whooping up on is dad at whatever game it was and cherish those moments as much as I do now.


If you are the parent of a teenage girl, then you know how difficult and honestly, painful listening can be at times. You undoubtedly will learn and be given more information than you ever wanted in one conversation.

You will now know about every relationship in the entire school. You will be privy to who the teacher is that no one likes because of the amount of homework they give.

You will learn what your teenager is passionate about and what they absolutely cannot stand. Luke 6:45 says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” When you spend time listening to your children, you get to know what is in their hearts. And just so you know that listening to all those seemingly pointless discussions are worth it, someone once said, “if you will take the time to listen to the small things, your kids will come to you with the big things.”


The number gets smaller everyday that your kids are alive, but hopefully you realize that there is still time to have a great impact on the lives of your kids.

Jeremy Carroll
Assistant Pastor
Church 212