10 Ways of Influence for Christian Parents

"Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession."  Hebrews 3:1

I love the simplicity of the author's encouragement in this verse to simply "consider Jesus".  I am not demanded to, I am not forced to,  I am not ashamed to, I am simply encouraged to.  It is very similar to God's love for us, which is never forced upon us, but instead is offered to us each and every day through the love of His Son, Jesus Christ.  

Yesterday I got a bill that said "delinquent".  Today I went to park in the school parking lot, but it said "restricted".  Tomorrow I'm sure the world will one way or another label me "rejected".  But, in all these situations all I need do is "consider Jesus" and I remember that in Him I am "accepted"!  Thank you, Lord.

10 Ways of Influence for Christian Parents

Forgive me for not including an outline this past Sunday for my message.  Many of you have asked for the 10 things parents can do to influence the long-term spiritual condition of their children.  These 10 things are in the book, "Nothing less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith" by Jana Magruder. Here they are:

  1.  Parents participated in missions trips as a family, as their kids were growing up.

  2.  Parents participated in ministry or service projects with their kids as they were growing up.

  3.  Parents frequently shared Christ with unbelievers as their kids were growing up.

  4.  Parents personally read the Bible several times a week or more as their kids were growing up.

  5.  Parents encouraged teen children to serve in church.

  6.  Parents typically asked forgiveness when they messed up as their children were growing up.

  7.  Parents encouraged their children's own unique talents and interests as they grew up.

  8.  Parents attended churches that emphasized what the Bible says as their kids were growing up.

  9.  Parents taught their children to tithe as their kids were growing up.

  10.  Parents loved the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and mind; and their neighbor as themselves.

Christians in our society today tend to outsource more of their children's spiritual development than they realize.  This list reveals that your impact as a parent is multiplied when you are right beside you kids growing in faith and serving together.  Pray about one that you may begin together as a family.

In Christ,

Bernie