Walk with Your Child to Faith for a Lifetime
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One of the greatest privileges you have as a parent is to introduce your child to Jesus Christ and develop daily habits of learning and faith. Like many parents, you may not quite know how or when to approach this exciting yet intimidating process of parenthood. Some worry that they won’t introduce Jesus properly. They might be tempted to just “leave it to the professionals” by relying on people at church or ministry events. That’s understandable, but God has given you the most important and influential role when it comes to introducing your child to Jesus. This guide is designed to help you feel more comfortable and confident about the faith process.
Step One: Lay a foundation
Your son or daughter grows in his or her understanding of God and the promises and Person of Jesus by hearing stories from the Bible, learning scriptures, singing about Jesus and so forth in a faith community. Your child also learns by experiencing life in your home; watching your example, feeling your love and learning right from wrong. This foundation is described in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 that says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Step Two: Respect the levels of comprehension
Do your best to discern when your child is mature enough to put Bible stories together. Avoid the temptation to force faith. Faith building is the work of the Holy Spirit. Your child may intellectually understand, but still have big questions. A child needs to understand that having faith is a life-long learning process, not just an opportunity to repeat rote answers.
Step Three: Ask questions
Ask questions to help gauge his or her level of understanding. For example, read Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Then ask questions like, “What is sin?” “How does your sin affect your relationship to God?” How they respond can help you sense when your child is ready to understand two important concepts:
- JESUS AS SAVIOR: The need for forgiveness and cleansing from sin which was made possible through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross
- JESUS AS LORD: The need to submit to God daily as “the boss” by making Jesus Christ the Lord of one’s life
Step Four: Guide your child in prayer
The truth of a saving faith for a lifetime revolves around questions like these: Is my child a sinner? Does Jesus forgive sins and save those who believe and trust in Him? Will Jesus forgive the sins of my child? Is my child saved? If you sense your child has a basic understanding of what sin is, his or her need for forgiveness, and what it means to believe in Jesus – that He gladly forgives sins and gives the gift of eternal life, then you can guide him or her to pray along the lines of Romans 6:23. Instead of quoting specific words for your child to repeat, it’s best to prompt using his or her own words. Encourage your child to pray this way each day!
If after reading through this guide and viewing the Faith video, you would like additional assistance, feel free to request an appointment for you and your child to meet with a pastor or Concordia staff member by visiting the @Home Center or online at athome.concordia.cc