Raising Children With Christ, Compassion, and Commitment Five steps for Christian parents to build strong bonds between their kids and church Reprinted from Again magazine with permission of Conciliar Press. One of the great struggles we have today in the Church is preserving our children in the Orthodox Faith.
Tweet It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to raise children. This is true of both believers in Christ and people that do not have a relationship with God.
But if you are a person of faith, it is so important to pass on a spiritual heritage that your kids can pass on to their kids. The 10 tips that I picked for this article are certainly not a complete list but were things that I believe are essential to raising your kids in a Christian way.
They are not necessarily in order of importance but consider the following. Put Christ first in your life This is, of course, easier said than done.
However, we always have to be aware that we are teaching kids all of the time. What I mean is that even when we are sitting in front of the TV, we are teaching them something Such as what we consider funny or appropriate or interesting. We are to be different than the outside world.
People should be able to notice that we believe in Jesus Christ. Not because we are proud and pious like the Pharisees standing on the street corners to pray but our friends and neighbors should be able to tell we are different by how we act and interact with each other and with the world.
Our marriages should be different sadly the divorce rate is not always much different in the church as outside the church as we follow the example of Christ.
He loved His bride the church and laid down His life for it. Our children will certainly know that we are not perfect but they should know that we are authentic real both in our daily lives and the same on Sunday morning.
Make family a priority Our relationship with God comes first, our commitment to our family comes next, and our dedication to our work is third. Our family should be a priority. This sounds simple but Christians often struggle in this area as we get busy trying to love others so much that some times, we neglect our family at home.
I know this is a struggle for many ministers in the church including me. There is always something to be at… or someone to go talk to…or a meeting to attend…or a group to lead. We must all understand that our family must be a priority if we are to have a healthy relationship with God. Your children will be able to tell if they are indeed a priority or not.
Teach your children the Bible and about God Having your children learn the Bible and about God must come from you as parents. The church is a great source for this as well but it must start first with us as parents.
Make sure you are connected to a church You and your children need to be connected to a church. It is part of our life blood as Christians to be connected with other believers.
This is so important to your children too as they will usually have other friends outside the church that are not raised in a Godly way and can be bad influences in their lives.
Other Christian children will not be perfect certainly but will often have a much better value system than those outside of the church. Some parents feel it is adequate to just drop off their kids at church as they go home and sleep a little more.
This is a bad message for your children and they will quickly see through this. If it is not important enough for you to stay, your kids will feel it is not that important for them to stay either. Regularly attend a church It is important that we teach our children that we get together with the family of God to worship God as a group.
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Explores the nature of parenthood, baptism, and raising children in the Christian faith, and suggests how to make that faith a part of parents' and children's daily interactionAuthor: John H. Westerhoff III.
I believe if we're going to raise Orthodox Christian families, our spouses and children have to be our highest priority, next to Christ and His Church. For the believer, our journey with Christ and His Church always comes first.
Sharing your faith in front of your children will teach them that it is okay to talk about God with other people. We love them so much that we want them to spend eternity with God and us too.
This is another important part of your child’s development into becoming a young man or young woman of faith. Second, start sharing your faith early in the lives of your kids. Taking part in a Christian church shows your children that spending time with God and other believers is important.
Sharing your faith also means reading the Bible with your children in a way that causes it to come alive for them. Find age-appropriate Bible resources and lessons to .
Daniel: Bringing Up Children in the Christian Faith, John W. Westerhoff Published by Pepperdine Digital Commons, look as one in which "human beings will usher in the mil-. In the last couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to speak at several Christian conferences and churches on the importance of parents teaching their kids apologetics (how to make a case for and defend the truth of the Christian faith).