6 practical ways to disciple your children

August 11, 2020

Pastor and author John Piper has said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

The only way to glorify God and be satisfied in this life is to be His disciple. Discipleship is therefore God’s gift to us, not our burden. Through this process, God transforms us from within so that we are content in Him alone, all to His glory. This is the purpose for which we were created. Consequently, glorifying God is central in the everyday discipleship of our children.

The following are ways we can help our children know God:

  1. Read Scripture with our children.
    We want our children to be exposed to truth every day, regardless of their ability to articulate it back to us. When my daughters were very young, we read The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Gospel Story Bible. Now that they are older, we read brief Bible passages during dinner. We have to eat, so we use that time to be in the Word with them.
  2. Pray with a kingdom mindset.
    We encourage our children to talk to God often and about anything, but we have a kingdom focus when we pray with them. We desire for them to understand that God is the Hero of the story and the Rescuer of His people. We want our children to learn to pray in a way that mirrors God’s desires, instead of focusing mainly on their own.
  3. Encourage our children to share the gospel.
    My oldest makes friends wherever she goes. Because of her friendly demeanor, we encourage her to share what she knows about Jesus with others. She understands that it is her role to share the gospel, but it is God’s job to save. We remind her to be winsome, not argumentative, with unbelievers.
  4. Engage in conversations with a Christian worldview.
    Intentional conversations give us the opportunity to speak truth to our children, as we discuss everything from why God made something the way that He did to why we should love difficult people. Paying attention to our kids during these conversations allows us to train them to have a Christian worldview.
  5. Memorize Scripture.
    Songs for Saplings uses Scripture verses set to catchy tunes to fill children’s minds with doctrinal truths. We always have the car radio on, so we use it for Scripture memorization rather than mindless entertainment.
  6. Address sin when we see it.
    How will our children know they are sinners in need of a Rescuer unless we confront their sin as it occurs? We don’t do this to condemn them, but to point them to Christ. As parents, we try to be transparent about our own sin and ask for forgiveness when our sin has been directed toward our children. We want them to understand that we sin just like they do and need Jesus to rescue us too.


by Elizabeth Seering /  Contributing Writer

New NC Baptist logo reflects being ‘on mission together’

CARY, N.C. — The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) formally unveiled a new logo and brand identity today (Thursday, May 26) that signifies the organization’s vision to engage more churches and individuals to come together to take the gospel to the ends of the...

NC Baptists pray for survivors, pledge further action

OAK ISLAND, N.C. — One day following the release of an extensive report that chronicled mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee (EC), members of the N.C. Baptist board of directors devoted extensive time to praying for...

Board moves forward with hospital change, hears bylaw recommendations

OAK ISLAND, N.C. — The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s board of directors voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that would change the convention’s relationship with N.C. Baptist Hospital to one that emphasizes working together in ministry activities that...

Is your church prepared to respond to religious liberty concerns?

In a threat to the religious freedom of your church, do you have trusted counsel to call? Do your church bylaws, policies and other governing documents provide the strongest possible legal protection for your church? Churches should not have to bear religious freedom burdens...

Statement on the release of SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force report

Todd Unzicker, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, released the following statement today (Sunday, May 22, 2022) following the release of the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force report.“Today’s release of the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force report...

3 training options to offer worship ministry certification

Worship leaders can now pursue further equipping through three training options offered in partnership between N.C. Baptists, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fruitland Baptist Bible College. The training provides worship leaders with the understanding and tools to...

Caraway celebrates 60 years of ministry and memories

North Carolina Baptists joined forces in July 1962 to cultivate a powerful new tool to help churches reach and disciple more people — Camp Caraway. Now, decades later, the camp continues to serve N.C. Baptists and will celebrate its 60th summer this July. Situated on more than...

How leaders can bridge generational gaps in Asian American churches

Many Asian American churches provide spaces for Asian immigrants to continue worshiping similarly to how they did in their home countries. They offer a familiar community and a home away from home. What can often be overlooked, however, is the cultural gap between immigrant...

 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

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

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!