Family Ministry

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How do I bring my child to Christ?…and help keep them there

on January 13, 2013

We recently had some exciting news in our Family Ministry this week. Another child made the decision to follow Christ! He was at home and just started talking to his mom out of the blue, making what will be one of the most important decisions of his life! After talking with his mom, she was saying she really wanted some help as to how to lead her kids in prayer in accepting Jesus in their hearts. So, here’s the easiest way to lead your kids in prayer – the ABCs. (and while I believe there’s no exact formula to this…no “magic words”, this will help kids understand the decision they’re making and know what following Jesus is all about.)

A- ADMIT you are a sinner & ASK for forgiveness!

*Romans 3:23- “For all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God.”
*1 John 1:9- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

B- BELIEVE in Jesus as your Savior & BECOME a child of God by receiving Him!

*John 3:16- “For God so loved the world that He gave His one & only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
*John 1:12- “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

C- CONFESS that Jesus is Lord & CHOOSE to follow Him daily!

*Romans 10:9- “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
*Luke 9:23- [Jesus said,] “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Now we all know that saying this prayer isn’t the “be all, end all.” We need to live a changed and transformed life where we continue growing closer to God and become more and more like Him. Sadly, 80% of people fall away from God and the Church at some point in their lives. I’m not talking about struggle or wrestling with Biblical Truths. I mean falling away. Completely. How can we help our kids on their Christian walk to the best of our ability, so they don’t have to walk down the path that so many take? How can we Raise a Kid with Strong Faith?

To Raise a Child to Have Strong Faith, the Parent must be Secure in Their Emotional Attachment to God

Zechariah 2:7-8 teaches that to God, His faithful people are the apple of His eye. Christian parents must first and foremost be secure in the fact that God not only knows them by name, but that He honestly cares about them on an emotional level. Too many have hardened their hearts – in spite of copious church attendance and Bible study – against this kind of intimate love relationship with God.

An intellectual faith that fails to move into the heart is insufficient in the dark hours to preserve our own faith. How much less is it likely that we can pass it on to the next generation as something to be secure and comfortable in?

To Raise a Kid with a Strong Faith, Christian Parents Must Have Perspective on Their Relationship with God

Zechariah 3:2 reveals that those who have been saved are much like a stick that was snatched from a fire. Smoldering a bit around the edges, we are now free to live a full life and a life everlasting.

At the same time, this very fact needs to drive home the point that being saved is not something the Christian parent somehow accomplished by themselves; instead, it is an act of God that was undertaken in spite of the way we lived our lives prior to truly knowing him. Having the perspective that the relationship with God is not one of equals is a powerful reminder that — while we are the apples of God’s eyes — we were in need of saving.

To Raise a Child with a Faith that can Move Mountains, Christian Parents Must Model Such a Life

1 Peter 4:7b-11 shows a glimpse of righteous living. It speaks of having a clear resolve of right and wrong and controlling the urges that might lead into overdoing things. Love is a staple Christianity, but it isn’t meant just for Christians. Christian parents need to demonstrate what having a relationship is all about. There are opportunities for a Christian – parent or not – to demonstrate gratitude and love to God by acts of service within the church, the community, the family, and elsewhere. This can be done through evangelism and service, and doing everything as if the people you are interacting with are Jesus Himself. (Yes, this even includes music that you may not prefer at Church, or your boss who you don’t particularly like!) While it’s very possible to preach about having a faith that will move mountains without actually living it, the odds of a child absorbing this principle and then living out their faith without having seen this faith in action are slim at best. Instead, there is a good chance that the child will learn hypocrisy of Christianity, instead.

Children are hands on learners; give them something to see, touch, follow, imitate, and learn in your own everyday walk with God, and you will be raising a child with the firm conviction that in time they, themselves, will possess a faith that can move mountains.

 

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