Family Integration | Grace Baptist Church Alliston
Listening to God starts in the Heart and the Home
Deuteronomy 6:4 says “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one alone. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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.”  Therefore, evangelism, discipleship, and adoption start in the Heart and the Home.
  • Gospel Sowing — (1) We will pass on our love of God to our children.  As the love of God overflows from each parent’s heart because of their personal disciplines in prayer, study, and obedience, we sincerely hope that each child will be imprinted with God’s commands.  As a result, the home will be affected by the gospel and then become a place of ministry for the gospel.  (2) Gospel sowing in the community must be ‘all hands on deck.‘   Sharing the gospel is not social action or inviting someone to an event.  We expect individuals in our church to personally share the Bible’s story of redemption in their spheres of influence.  We equip and release our people to do hospitable, heart-level, answering.
  • Family Discipleship — We empower parents to disciple their own children.  Parents are encouraged to bring children along to do ministry as much as possible. We call this “Walk along, Talk along, Bring along Discipleship:” I do. We do. You do.   There is nothing so exciting as being a part of your child’s spiritual awakening, to be hand-in-hand for ministry, and to see your child(ren) walk with God.  We also strive for God’s Word in every home, every day.
  • Adoption — Compassion those in distress starts in the heart and home as well.  People need one-on-one adoption so that they are cared for at the deepest levels.  We believe in caring for “spiritual” brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents’.  We strive to have people adopt others into our homes for Care.
  • Habits of the Home
    • Hospitable, Heart-level, Answering
    • I do. We do. You do.
    • God’s Word, Every Day
    • Adopt Others into our Homes for Care


The Church is a House of Worship and Pray for All
Matthew 21:12 reads, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’”  2 Chronicles 7:14 reads, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  Therefore, the church family should glorify God together by maintaining and promoting His worship corporately, in order to celebrate the Lord’s Table and baptisms, to submit to His authority, and to spur each other on to love and good deeds.  We hope to bring everyone together, young and old, during the singing, preaching, praying, and giving of the church family so that the faith-filled prayers of the children are in harmony with the experienced-filled prayers of the adults.

  • Bible-fed prayer — The meditating on and sharing of Scripture readings is vital to our prayer times. Since we hear from God via His Word, looking for passages about God will direct us to his character and reading passages about humanity will direct us to respond appropriately.
  • Spirit-led prayer — The Spirit clearly directs our spirits during times of surrender.  As we listen and walk in the power of the Spirit together, we will edify God and other participants as we respond prayerfully to the themes that arise from our readings and songs.  We do not battle against flesh and blood because we battle against spiritual forces.  This means we must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives.
  • Worship-based prayer — We strongly focus on prayers of praise and worship.  This often leads to planned or spontaneous joyful singing.  Singing is another prayerful expression to the Lord.  People are encouraged to sing wholeheartedly to the Lord in a blended harmony with other voices.
  • Sacrificial giving – Contributing, cheerfully and regularly, to this local church for its general ministry and expenses, for the relief of the poor, and for the support of those who are sick or in distress is an important sacrificial act of worship.
  • Habits of Worship and Prayer
    • Bible-fed, Spirit-led, Worship-based Prayer
    • Sacrificial Giving


Disciples are Called to Hand-in-Hand Service
Matthew 20:18 reads, “He came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”  We are called, cleansed, gifted, and given authority to attain God’s purpose for our local church.  Therefore, we invite everyone to serve in the ministry life of the church.

  • Ministry-oriented Apprenticeship — We want everyone to learn real life lessons. We organize ministry through Apprenticeship Groups.  Mechanics learn to fix cars by fixing cars under supervision.  We believe the same works for ministry training.  This is an organized form of ‘walk-along, talk-along, bring-along’ discipleship through real life-on-life situations
    •  This might take shape as Family Groups where families serve together.
    • As older students mature and become more independent, we encourage them to join with a ministry befitting of their own calling.
  • Focused on the Weightier Things —  Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Lk 4:17) Jesus said, “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God.” (Lk 11:42)
  • Habits of Service
    • Ministry-oriented Apprenticeship
    • Focused on the Weightier Things

 

We Strive to Recapture a Vision for Christian Education
Education serves as a powerful form of teaching.  Education also promotes certain standard texts as foundational truth. Developing a Christian worldview requires intellectual, critical, and moral thought.
We hope to rotate Foundational Courses on an annual basis: Baptism Course, Vision and Values Course, Christian Worldview, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, and Church History.  Canadian Education has gone from being Christian to being secular humanistic, which is anti-Christian.  Therefore, our main form of youth ministry at Grace is to support local Christian schools and the home-school network to promote higher-critical Christian vocational training.

  • Habits of Christian Education
    • Promoting Foundational Classes in the church
    • Promoting Higher-critical Christian vocational training