Pass on Your Faith to Your Kids

Parenting Practices

Christian leaders and pastors Joshua Harris, Kent Hughes, and Voddie Baucham talk about the practices they observe with their families. They encourage parents to be intentional with their families—to spend time with them, love them, and show them God’s love. 

Joshua Harris is the author of a number of books and is most widely known as the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye and he also served as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church. Rev. Dr. R. Kent Hughes is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Voddie Baucham currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. 

As a parent, you have the responsibility to pass down your faith to your kids. Each parent approaches the task differently. Josh, Kent, and Voddie each spoke about certain practices they put in place to show their faith to their children.  

Kent’s family ate together every night, and Josh instilled a love of learning and reading in his children. What have you passed down to your children? Do you have any traditions such as sharing a meal together or reading before bed? If so, what are they and how have they impacted your family?
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Voddie talked about his family’s worship service. What do you think of having a family worship service? Have you ever held one with your family? If so, how did it go? If not, what might it look like to have a worship service in your home?
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Kent said as a pastor, he had to leverage his schedule to work to his family’s advantage. Even if you’re not a pastor, how could you manage your time to maximize your availability to your family?
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What traditions could you begin in your family to promote faith and growth? What steps could you take to start those traditions this week?
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You bear the responsibility as a parent to pass on your faith to your children. Brainstorm ways you can teach your children to follow Christ—whether that be through evening meals, reading, or a family worship service. Take the next few minutes to pray and thank God for your family. 

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