As Christian parents, is it enough to take your kids to church every Sunday? Absolutely not. We need to find every opportunity possible to teach them about God. We need to start them at a young age of reading their Bible every day and learning how to pray. They need to lean about God through the examples that we set – how we spend our money, the words we use and the tones in which they are said, what we watch on TV, and how we react in rush hour traffic. Every moment of every day. That’s what God expects from us. In Deuteronomy God said we are to be diligent about teaching them the ways of God. We should be teaching them at home, on the road, walking through the park, as they lay down to sleep each night, and the first thing when they wake up in the morning. We should teach them to recognize God’s blessing and to hear His “still, small voice.” We should teach them about tithing. We should teach them to be servant leaders. We should teach them to bear the image of Christ. We should help them memorize Bible verses to hide in their hearts. We should teach them songs that honor and glorify God and teach them how to thank Him for everything. Parenting is tough and we all mess up at it. But even the “mess ups” become opportunities for teaching children about God’s grace and forgiveness.
God, thank you for the blessing of our children. Bringing them up in the admonition of the Lord is hard work, but with Your help, we commit to raising them in the full knowledge of who you are. Help us to parent them well, teaching them diligently about your love for them.
Below are some resources on Christian Parenting from Christian Book Distributors:
Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Revised and Updated – By Tedd Tripp / Shepherd Press
Many parenting books are based on hit-or-miss theories steeped in secular thinking. This one draws from Pastor Tripp’s seasoned experience as a father-and from God’s Holy Word. Grounded in the Bible’s divine plan for parenting, this guide defines your goals as a parent and provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them.
Praying Circles Around Your Children – By Mark Batterson / Zondervan
Become a praying parent! Based on his bestseller The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson shares five key lessons to help you become extraordinary influences in your children’s lives. With biblical insights and practical advice, he illustrates how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, and discover their individual life themes.
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family –
By Paul David Tripp / Crossway
In Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, author Paul David Tripp explores 14 practical and gospel-centered principles that will help parents see their role through the lens of God’s Word and change the way they interact with their children. Principles include grace, identity, lies, authority, foolishness, and character.
Raising Giant-Killers: Releasing Your Child’s Divine Destiny Through Intentional Parenting – By Bill Johnson with Beni Johnson / Chosen
Discover the keys to successful parenting in God’s kingdom! The Johnsons help you gain the wisdom and practical tools to shape your children’s hearts, minds, and values. As you help them follow the Lord’s destiny for their lives, you’ll lead them to become the awesome people he created them to be. 239 pages, hardcover from Chosen.
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