Parenting is one of the most important jobs we will ever have in our lifetime. As a parent, you have the incredible opportunity to disciple your children. The Bible tells us that disciplining and training up children is a responsibility to be taken seriously. This is one of the most important roles in your life! In this post, we will look at how to start to disciple your kids starting tonight. As you disciple your kids, teach them about the Bible and how it applies to their lives. Here are some family discipleship tips for parents:
– Read Scripture with Your Kids Every Day.
– Pray Together as a Family Before Meals or at Bedtime.
– Wrap It All in Grace.
Read Scripture with Your Kids Every Day.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
Reading Scripture with your kids every day is the best way to give them a strong foundation. You don’t have to be an expert; you can simply read a few verses of Scripture before bed or use The Jesus Storybook Bible, which has pictures and stories to help captivate your child’s heart for God. Read Scripture with your kids every day.
Pray Together as a Family Before Meals or at Bedtime.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
Praying together as a family is the best way for your kids to learn to speak with God. When you show them how to pray before a meal or at bedtime, they will begin to develop a prayer life of their own. It’s never too late to start.
After a few mealtime prayers, ask your kids to start to take that over for the family. Build the habit of praying together as a family before meals or at bedtime.
Wrap It All in Grace
As you read Scripture with your kids and pray together as a family, make sure you wrap it all in grace. There are many ways to define grace; I like the one I grew up hearing: “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” There are probably better ways to define it, but this one has stayed with me since childhood. Your children also might treasure it also. However you define it, make sure you wrap all of your family discipleship efforts in it.
Wrap reading Scripture together in grace. Pray in grace. Family discipleship isn’t meant to be a strict routine of boxes to check off; it is intentional parenting that Biblically evangelizes and matures your kids in the faith. If you miss a nightly discussion about how God was present today, there is grace. Wrap it all in grace.
Family discipleship can be tough; we are here to help. When we disciple our children, they will grow up to know Jesus intimately. Teaching your family about the Bible provides a sense of stability in an ever-changing world because it points them to always stable, never-changing God.
Let us know some of your best moments of family discipleship in the comments below.