We all want our children to become devoted followers of Jesus – kids who live in Christ, live like Christ, and live for Christ. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four foundational keys that will help you pass on faith to your kids.
The most important task for any teacher or parent is to help a child develop a strong faith and clear moral direction. But how do you do that?
The key to making sure that what really matters remains in the schedule is to be intentional. If you plan spiritual training into your schedule it will happen. If you wait to see if there’s any time left, you’ll likely miss out. By making spiritual training a priority, you’ll see kids develop a stronger personal faith and it will affect so many things in their lives.
Attitudes about self, others, and life in general are all affected by spiritual training. It’s interesting that many teachers and parents are concerned with the attitudes their children demonstrate. Often a “me first” attitude, or an “I don’t care attitude” frustrate teachers and parents. Kids need a steady stream of values training in order to develop healthy attitudes about life. Those who take time to provide that input reap positive results. As you plan for spiritual development, remember 3 key components, Build Relationship, Share Scripture, and Practice Faith. These components can put hands and feet to your plans.
Significant conversations with kids are a real treasure. Sometimes those happen spontaneously and other times they are planned. Working faith out in life is a key element of a child’s growth and development. But it’s hard to work it out if we don’t have some basic instruction about what God teaches.
When it comes to passing faith on to kids, it’s often best to focus in four basic areas.
First, who God is, describing Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Fatherhood of God.
Second, kids need to understand who they are, a created being with a heart, a sin nature, and the place where God chooses to live.
Third, it’s important for children to understand God’s plan. He created the world, instituted a plan for salvation, and has a specific plan for each person including him or her.
Fourth, kids need to understand that the Bible is our authority for life. It’s not about how you feel or even about what you think. The question is, “What does the Bible say about my life today?”
Good theology results in good practice and it starts on a simple level as children learn more about God and the Bible. Take time to read God’s Word yourself and help kids dig into the scriptures themselves. Most effective discipleship takes place in the home.
Your kids can live in Christ, live like Christ and live for Christ
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