Who's responsible for the discipleship of your kids?
While each of these might be a resource and a help, none of them are designed to take the place of the primary discipler.
So who has the task of teaching, training, and leading?
As parents, WE are the one's charged with our children's discipleship.
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9...
6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
We might not be Israel, but we need to realize that the journey of faith begins in the home as parents teach their children about who God is. We are the ones who are suppose to be teaching our children. We are the ones called to live by example. We are the ones who will one day stand before God to give an account of our actions and obedience.
Yes, be sure to go to a good Bible teaching church.
Yes, make sure your children are participating in the Children's ministry provided.
Yes, get your teenagers to youth group every week!
Each one of these can help you in tremendous ways. But don't make the mistake in thinking that the Church is all that your kids need. They still need you!
- the higham family
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