3 common objections to family discipleship

November 21, 2019

In Deuteronomy 6:7, Moses commands parents to “impress” God’s Word into the lives of their children. Then, he gives instructions on how to actually make that happen within the rhythms of each day. He says, “Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:7b).

The Lord has called moms and dads to be the primary disciple-makers of the home and has given them the awesome privilege and responsibility to intentionally engage their children in daily conversations about Him.

Many parents know they are called to disciple their children, but they don’t feel adequate or equipped to do so. Usually, they will respond with one of three common objections.

I don’t have time.

Actually, time is not the problem; intentionality is the real issue. In the latter part of Deuteronomy 6:7 the Lord is calling parents not to focus on a time of day, but rather He is showing parents how they can talk to their children about Him throughout the day. God simply points out that having faith conversations with children means talking about Him in the natural rhythms of each day.

I don’t know how to answer their questions.

If you do not know the answer to their questions, you have permission to say, “I don’t know the answer to your question, but together we will find out.” Your search allows you a great opportunity to explore God’s Word and talk with your pastor or a trusted friend to discover the right answer to their inquiries. Both you and your children will grow spiritually by searching the Scriptures.

I’ve never been discipled myself.
So where do I start?
 Simply start with God’s Word today. Open your Bible and allow the author of Scripture, the Holy Spirit, to be your teacher as He reveals His infallible truth in your life. Then, as you intentionally live out His Word, share what the Lord has shown you to your children.

If parents will apply Deuteronomy 6:7, the next generation will be eager learners of the Bible, authentic doers of His commands, and intentional teachers of Scripture to future generations. The Faith at Home ministry is committed to giving families tools for discipling the next generation. The Acts 2:39 Missional Families seven-week study resource includes a parent and a leader guide designed to help families become missional in their homes and neighborhoods. Church leaders and parents will want to download this practical resource to equip parents to live out the Great Commission in their homes and communities.


by Mark Smith  /  
Family Evangelism and Discipleship  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Conference to emphasize ‘Gospel Above All’

There is nothing more important in life than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone needs to hear the gospel, and as followers of Christ, we never outgrow our need for the gospel. The message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is both life-changing and life-altering....

“21st century Moses”

In 2004, God gave me a clear vision to raise up leaders who have the kind of faith Moses had. Just as God met Moses and sent him back to Egypt to bring his people to the Promised Land, God will meet immigrants today and send them back home to spread the gospel — we just have to...

Are our blindspots preventing racial reconciliation?

Are our blindspots preventing racial reconciliation? “Part of being human is having blindspots. My experience opens my eyes to some things yet blurs my vision on some other things.” Walter Strickland, assistant professor and associate vice president for diversity at Southeastern...

Two churches in one building

Five years ago, in a yearly planning meeting with the staff of Flint-Gloves Baptist Church, two simple and straightforward questions were posed that would radically change our church: 1. Are we being good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us? 2. Has God given us resources...

Room at the table

James, the brother of Jesus Christ, defines the fruit of true religion: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).Jan. 19 is Sanctity of Human Life...

Q&A: Jimmy Scroggins on leadership, vision, evangelism, church culture and more

Jimmy Scroggins is lead pastor of Family Church in South Florida. He is dedicated to building families in South Florida through a network of neighborhood churches that help people in their community discover and pursue God’s design. Scroggins will be the keynote speaker at this...

The Great Commission begins at home

It’s a fundamental truth that every person who walks through your church’s door on any given day was raised in a home by a family. The shape of their family and type of home will, no doubt, be unique to the individual. But, this fundamental truth still applies. The reason I share...

Embracing change is perilous and priceless

Embracing change is perilous and priceless “At a time when many Baptist churches are closing their doors, the testimony that has been repeated over and over is, ‘Our neighborhood has changed, but we didn’t.’” This was the observation of Mark Hearn, senior pastor of First Baptist...

Discover new ways to be intentional in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646 for more information.

]

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!