When thinking of parenting in terms of discipleship, it pays to...
Take advantage of "teachable moments." Use mistakes, both your child's and your own as opportunities to educate.
Be "fully present." Put down the phone. Put down their phones. Discipleship demands lots of quality time.
Be in the Word and encourage your children to be "lifetime learners." See 2 Timothy 1:3-7.
What we know to be true about God informs the manner in which we raise our children.
God is love – John 17:20-26, 1 John 4:9, Genesis 1:27.
God is holy and just; he is completely faithful to his word – Exodus 34:6-7, 1 Peter 1:15-16.
God is gracious – Isaiah 53:4-6, Romans 5:8.
What we know to be true about the church gives us confidence to disciple our children.
Children belong to the church and the church belongs to them! – Matthew 19:13-15
Children belong to the same covenant we do, the Covenant of Grace – Acts 2:39, 1 Corinthians 7:12-14, Colossians 2:11-12.
What we know about discipleship is that it must be intentional and relational.
Be purposeful – Matthew 22:37-40, Deuteronomy 6:5-9.
Be known by your love – John 13:34-35.
Be faithful to your word – (Matthew 5:37).
Be gracious in your response – Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:21.
What we know about the Holy Spirit helps us to establish our goals for our children.
Our goals are not behavior modification, but rather spiritual fruit – Galatians 5:22-23.
Our goals are defined by God’s commands which reveal his love for us – Romans 3:20, Galatians 3:19-24, Romans 13:3-4, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 28:20.
Our goals are reflective of Godly authority - Proverbs 13:24, Ephesians 6:4.
What we know about children and youth leads us to think strategically, in terms of a “parenting project.”
Our goal is to help our children be wise and do good.
Our goal is to help our children gain an accurate understanding of their situation.
Our goal is to help our children gain personal insight; the ability to detect and to hate sin.
In order to achieve our goals constant conversation is required – Hebrews 3:12-13.
In order to achieve our goals for our children we must think of ourselves as ambassadors for Christ, leading them to repentance – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, 2 Samuel 12:1-15.