Did you know …
- Up to 94% of our kids will leave their faith before they graduate from college?
- That you can change that statistic?
Surveys show that the sooner a father is involved in his children’s spiritual growth and development, the greater their chance of surviving the hostile academic environments in schools and universities.
Find out how you can change and impact the lives of your children.
MPE is here to help a dad diligently teach his children through 22 daily devotionals. Both Deuteronomy 6 and Malachi 4 specifically address the biblical command to fathers. Be your son or daughter’s spiritual coach and let us give you the tools.
Family Discipleship Lessons (22 daily devotionals)
By Todd Kangas, MPE president
”Go and make disciples of all nations,” Jesus commanded His disciples before His ascension. I believe one of the areas that discipleship can begin is in the home.
A disciple holds to the life and truth found in Jesus Christ, and a “discipler” should be involved in the process. As fathers, we need to convey the truth of God’s Word to our children, explaining how God has guidelines to answer various life situations.
Family discipleship allows fathers to transfer their faith and values to their children, developing the platform for a biblical worldview.
What constitutes a “biblical” worldview? Christian researcher George Barna says it includes a belief in absolute moral truth as defined by scripture, as well as acceptance of six core biblical beliefs:
- the accuracy of biblical teaching,
- the sinless nature of Jesus,
- the literal existence of Satan,
- the omnipotence and omniscience of God,
- salvation by grace alone, and
- the personal responsibility to evangelize.
Why is a “biblical” worldview important? It provides the bedrock for a person’s decision-making process in areas of life and morality. Those possessing a “biblical” worldview are less likely to succumb to temptation and be led astray by the false philosophies of the day.
A 2003 Barna survey indicates only 9 percent of all born-again adults — and just 7 percent of Protestants — possess a biblical worldview.
Is it any surprise that children are leaving the church when such a small percentage of their parents holds a biblical worldview? Paul said in 1 Cor. 11:1, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” Parents can’t pass along what they don’t possess.
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So how do I start this sort of effort in my home?
- Explain to your family that you have a long-term goal for their spiritual well-being.
- Find at least 2 or 3 times per week to have a spiritual growth sharing time.
- Any mealtime is a great choice.
- Use driving to an event, like church, soccer or baseball practices or games (wouldn’t it be better to discuss God’s truths on the way to church rather than complain about who is making us late?).
- Set up a family devotional time in the morning before work or before bedtime.
- Try to create positive reinforcement for participation.
- Follow through faithfully – this is a process, not an event. Don’t be afraid to repeat lessons. Mastery is the goal.
- Print out and review the lesson for about 5 minutes to become familiar with the material.
- Ask the question(s) for any particular lesson.
- Invite your children to answer and give them time to think and respond. We are trying to teach them to process situations through a biblical framework.
- Take the perspective that there are no wrong answers, but some might need to be guided through your comments.
- Give your children positive feedback for responding – “Good point.” “That was great.” “Thanks for sharing.”
- Have your children read some of the Bible passages and comment on how this passage addresses the question just posed.
- Cover the untouched talking points after your children have responded. After you share something, more ideas might come up. You’ve primed the pump, so to speak.
- If driving, have a spouse or older child help with the discussion by holding the paper and keeping track of things.
- Go through these lessons first (the Bible is God’s word, God the Creator, Jesus lived a sinless life, salvation is a gift, the existence of Satan, absolute moral truth exists, and witnessing Christians) as the foundation for the future. These lessons correspond with each of the points of the biblical worldview survey from Barna Group and are the building blocks for biblically based thinking.
A start to some free good ideas
Here are some links to great parenting ideas:
- Steve Demme’s series on building faith families
- The importance of blessing your children and how to do it: Article 4 by Randy Wilson
- Sermons directory by Eric Ludy
- A video testimony of how a father’s blessing impacted a young man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzyPDzondX0
- The importance of the words you use with your children: Article 3 by Randy Wilson
- The importance of beginning family devotions and how to start: Family emotions (I mean devotions) by Familyman Ministries
This page was written by Todd Kangas, MPE president.