IT STARTS @ HOME
Steve Aylor, Family Ministries Pastor
At Mountain Lake Church we are passionate about helping build strong families. This is why we created ‘Mountain Lake @ Home’, our NEW family resource center located in our lobby as well as here on our website. Here you will find resources to help you take simple steps toward creating a God-honoring home.
Spiritual formation begins at home, but it does not end there. The home cannot be the church any more than the church can be the home. Christianity is a communal faith to be experienced through corporate worship, under pastoral leadership and amid what many call ‘doing life’ with other believers. God never intended a family’s faith to occur apart from local church engagement. But neither did He design the church to replace the home. Left to do the entire job by itself, a church can only impart enough of the faith to inoculate kids against taking it seriously. Church and home, like a watering can and the soil in the flowerpot, are both essential to the job.
So, why Mountain Lake @ Home? Because it all starts at home! Because what happens at home sets the course for all that follows, for better or worse. Anyone who has made Jesus their leader and forgiver later in life knows the importance of sorting through the good and bad of what they learned and experienced while growing up. That process often requires replacing flawed lenses with clarifying truth. It also involves the hard work of breaking bad habits and learning disciplines that would have been much easier to master during the pliable years of childhood. Spiritual formation at home is the most natural and productive context for faith and character formation because the longer one aligns his or her life with the truth, the more ‘second nature’ it becomes to believe and behave according to God’s design.
Simply put, spiritual formation is BELONGING in a healthy relationship with God and others and BECOMING more like Jesus! And at Mountain Lake we believe that the home plays a huge role in that strategy. That is why we offer a wide range of tools to help your family become stronger and healthier. These resources will equip, empower, and motivate you to become all that God wants you to be. And the exciting part is…this is just the tip of the iceberg of what will be available in the future. No matter what stage of life you currently find yourself in or what difficult circumstance you are battling, there are resources and guidance available for you at Mountain Lake @ Home.
Stop by our BRAND NEW ‘Mountain Lake @ Home’ resource center in our lobby today or click around here on our website to learn more about all of the exciting resources and counseling options for you and your family!