The goal of this message is to set you up to crush it in family discipleship.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and talk to them when you sit in your house, walk, lie down, and rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Parenting is not an exact science; you can talk to any number of parents, and they will tell you they must parent their kids differently depending on their personalities. Parenting is hard, but it is so worth it!
The question you need to ask yourself is not if you are discipling your kid, but what are you discipling them in?
God created the church and the family. They are a powerful discipleship engine when you put them together.
Two Components of Crushing Family Discipleship
1. You (and the church) love the Lord authentically
One ought to do things that fan the flame of our love for God. Out of the 613 commands in the Old Testament, Jesus said, focus on your spiritual vibrancy. It is much easier to pass on faith when we model healthy faith.
No matter what you do, you cannot guarantee that your sons and daughters will live for God. One of the hardest things about raising kids is realizing that once they get to a certain age you cannot make them do anything anymore.
The one thing you can guarantee is that they will flee the faith if you live a life of hypocrisy. Your kids will know what really is important to you.
Always remember, more is caught than taught when it comes to passing on the faith to the next generation.
R – Realize your need
S – Say you are sorry
V – Verbalize your trust
P – Plunge your past
2. You must be intentional
You do not have to be a perfect parent. You can do this!
The key is being consistent. The win is not how smooth it went. The win is that you looked to His Word and asked the questions. Use the day-to-day interactions to bring God’s Word into the conversations.
Pastor Chris Williams
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