Milestones to Growing a Healthy Family
Faith@home is based on the Old Testament ideal of a community committed to living out love for God and others. The focus of the family was father and mother who loved God and took His words to heart. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts” (Deut. 6:5–6). Mothers and daughters worked together in the home, while sons worked with fathers. Parents had many opportunities to impress God’s words on their offspring, explaining the things they did and the choices they made as responses to God’s Word.
Everyday experience thus was the context for learning the meaning of Scripture, as learning God’s Law took place in the classroom of life. The modeling of committed parents, the intimacy of family love, and the opportunity to see the implications of God’s Laws as they were followed, together constituted the most powerful educational design ever devised.
At Faith we will seek to come alongside our parents as they work to make their home the “primary place where their children are discipled”. We want to create a culture of intentional families who have a passion to see their children come to faith and walk with the Lord. To do that we want to help families walk through the Milestones of parenting. Milestones are significant moments in the journey of a parent and child that offer a unique opportunity to reinforce truth and celebrate a growing relationship with God. You'll also find many resources available in the Faith @home display in our church library. This site will also be a place to find parenting tips, resources, and upcoming church seminars for leading your family on this journey. Be encouraged by the article below.
Teaching Children to Respect God
What does that mean? How do we teach children to respect God? Here are some thoughts …
We teach preschoolers to respect what we want them to respect. Think of the dad who buys the Cowboys shirt for his newborn son and puts it on the baby for the trip home from the hospital. Two weeks later, Dad has the baby in his lap as he watches the Cowboys on Monday Night football … and for many Cowboys games after that. By the time the baby is a year old, he has been trained to raise his hands in the air and cheer whenever anyone says “Cowboys.” So cute. Mom takes pictures and puts them on Facebook. Dad takes a video and puts it on YouTube. Dad starts teaching the baby the identity of the players and by a year and a half, the child can point to the correct player on the TV screen when Dad calls out the player’s name. A primary definition of respect is “to recognize the value and worth of a person.” With no apology, Dad has certainly done that with the baby and the Cowboys. And he’s done it without any problems because the Cowboys are such a big part of the dad’s life. He simply talked, showed, reviewed and cheered his child into becoming a Cowboys' fan even though the child has little idea what it’s all about. Yet, in terms of God? Well, suddenly we get a little tangled up in the process. Hmm … comparison here?
*How do we talk about God? Do we treat Him with reverence and respect? Or do we only mention God when we’re angry?
*Do we teach children about God in our daily lives? Do we teach him to pray before meals or bedtime and anytime? Do we begin reading Bible stories to her even though she doesn’t understand the words?
*Do we take advantage of teachable moments? “Yes, Aiden, that elephant is BIG! Aren’t you glad God made BIG elephants for us to enjoy?”
*Do our kids see us being excited about Bible study? Do they see us excited about church – or do they hear us complain about being too tired or not liking the music?
*Do they see us reflect God in the way we talk to our neighbors? Do they see us go out of our way to help someone? Do they hear us be kind to those with whom we come in contact?
*Do they see you serve at church? In the neighborhood? In the community?
*Do we teach them a verse once and then forget it? Do we read a Bible story once and then never talk about the story again? Do they see us encourage them to tell the story back to us?
*Do we ask their Sunday school and VBS teachers and Awana leaders what they learned in class and then review it with them?
*Do they see that we care that they understand what they’ve learned?
*Do they hear us encourage the pastor and other church staff members? Do we teach them to say “thank you” when they leave a class? Do they hear us compliment someone whose done a good job?
*Do they hear us cheer them when they’ve learned a verse or retold a Bible story? Do we encourage them when they tell someone else about the Lord – because even very young children can do this (and often without the hang ups adults have). But if we want our kids to respect and honor God, they must see that to do so is worthwhile.
Teaching a child to “respect” football players can be fun (as long as it’s not extreme), but it’s not all that important. (I know, I know … I can just hear the football fans out there.) Teaching a child to respect God can also be fun – and a priceless, all-encompassing, life-changing experience.
Join us as we seek to chart a new course and strategy for reaching our families for Christ. The adventure is just beginning, one family at a time. If you have any questions feel free to contact Pastor Jerry at (972)-233-0000 x110 or