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Discipleship Begins at Home

August 26, 2009

Winfield Bevins provides parents with a helpful list of practical ways to pass along the Christian faith to their children. I have made a few edits to his list.

Develop Gospel Family Rhythms

  • Develop family rhythms around the Gospel, predictable times of worship, prayer and Bible reading. Consider doing them around meals, a time when the family should be gathering together free from the distractions of media.
  • Don’t isolate the gospel to predictable times; integrate prayer, worship, and Bible into every day life. When we isolate we program our children for legalism. Show them the gospel in everyday life.
Bible Practices for Family Rhythms
  • Read from a good children’s Bible. Remember to have fun with your children while learning the Bible.
  • Avoid being uber serious and unrealistic expectations. Keep the time brief to hold the child’s attention.
  • Get some Scripture flash cards to do over a meal. We use cards from DGM, but if you know of cards with better pictures for small children let us know!
  • Use the verses in context, applying them to everyday life for instruction.
  • Put the verses to music or rhythm. Your child will enjoy singing and clapping their hands.
  • Get a Scripture Song cd to play in the car. We use this one.
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