We all know that parenting is a huge responsibility and at times overwhelming. This is the second post in the series, “parenting 101 – Discipleship”. If you haven’t read the first post, you may want to catch up before reading this one. here’s the link: Parenting 101 – Discipleship
For this post, I will post some simple ideas for parents seeking creative ways to disciple their children. My wife and I have tried and are trying some of these simple practices in teaching our daughter Emma (4 yrs old). The only failure in discipling your children is failure to try. Before I post some ideas, there are some ideas to bring to the table of discipleship.
1. You will never teach your children to become disciples of Christ unless you are a disciple.
– Leaders point others to the source of their conviction. Parents, whether you like it or not you are a leader to your children. What are you leading them to? Are you living out a devotion to Christ or a devotion to retirement?
2. Scripture is Key.
– 2 Timothy 3:14-17 says, But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– Timothy had the privileged of being taught by his mother, grandmother and Paul. Who will will your children be taught by?
– Scripture when passed down, has the power to bring its readers/hearers to faith! Teach your children Scripture not super nanny-ism!
3. Discipleship takes time.
– Discipleship is a process not a one-time deal. We have been placed in our children’s lives by God Himself, so keep a level head. Our children will mess up, as did the disciples, but Jesus will never give up on them.
Some Ideas: (This is an on-going list, if you would like to share some of your ideas post a comment.)
1. Family Devotions (LINK)
2. Teach your children in the little moments (LINK)
3. Scripture memory. Our daughter is involved in Awana’s and learns a verse each week, and one of the best ways she learns is through music! (LINK)
4. Family and Personal Prayer activities (LINK)
5. Constructive Discipline God doesn’t discipline us for no reason, He disciplines us to benefit our relationship to Him. Be constructive when disciplining your children, teach them the “why” of discipline. (LINK)
6. Displaying your Spiritual Gifts (LINK)