February 3, 2019

Raising Kids with Character

For Christian parents, the task of raising kids is even more challenging given that we are seeking to raise our kids in a cultural environment that is more often than not antithetical to our beliefs and convictions. One preacher told us that we are “strangers and exiles on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13) and made for a “better country, that is, a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16). If that is the case, it is no wonder that we, as Christian parents, feel a dissonance with the culture around us and battle the influences on our kids on a daily basis as the world’s values flood our lives and influence our homes.

But God has not left us without guidance and without help. The Word of God informs us in the midst of this battle for the hearts and minds of our own kids. And the Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom, courage, and strength we need to raise our kids with godly character, to give them Jesus, and thus to have a family and a home that is awesome.

We are continuing The Fam: God’s Plan for Your Home to be Awesome with message #4, “Raising Kids with Character,” as we look at three key passages that speak to our task as parents, teachers, small group leaders, and church family members who all have a role in instructing and discipling the children entrusted to us by God. As a bonus, this Sunday I will be dialoguing with our children’s ministry director, Jeannie Coros, in the last part of the message as she brings us up to speed on some generational insights I know we will all find helpful.

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The Fam: God’s Plan for Your Home to Be Awesome
Raising Kids with Character
February 3, 2019

Raising kids with godly character requires you to have...

• A clear perspective: Grasp what you have been entrusted with as a parent (Psalm 127:3–5)

• A relentless commitment: Saturate your home with the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:4–9)

• A loving submission: Do what is best for your kids (Ephesians 6:4)

• Proactively train them
• Reactively correct them

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