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Family Discipleship

by on October 21, 2020

Key Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Life can be overwhelming at times, and then add in these unusual days of COVID-19. So how can we as parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, begin to show and tell the next generation about a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ? We already have to compete with cell phones, social media, time constraints, youth sports, etc. So how do we begin to disciple our own children? Deuteronomy 6:7 gives us the answer— All the time! In other words, talk to your children about God as you go through life together.

So, where do I start? START SIMPLE.

  • Begin by reading the Bible together. Depending on their ages, even small children will listen to a few verses at a time.
  • Sing a hymn of the faith together. Sing the same song for a whole month. Talk about the lyrics. Good hymns are full of good doctrine.
  • Teach your children to pray for the lost, to pray for their needs, and even to pray Scripture.

They are never to young for small doses of knowledge about the God who created them and loves them. Middle school and high school age children, of course, can and should participate more in a family worship time. Perhaps your family might study through a single book of the Bible. Children can take turns reading passages and then allow Mom and Dad to explain verses, make application and model praying to God.
 
Questions to Consider:

What are some things I can do to begin family discipleship in my home with my children? With my grandchildren?
 
Prayer Prompts:

Lord, teach me to rely on You to help me begin discipling my family.
Remind me that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
(Phil 3:14).

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