Model Faith for Your Teen

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The church plays an important role in the spiritual formation of teens, but a role that is supplemental to that of parents. Richard Ross, Professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with 40 years experience in youth ministry, shares the most important thing parents can do to disciple their teens.



Historically, how have you viewed your role in the discipleship of your teen? Have you considered the responsibility of fostering faith in your child as belonging primarily to the church or to you as a parent?
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Regardless of where you may have placed responsibility in the past, Richard pointed out that the important question to ask is, "from this point forward, how will I spiritually lead my teenager at home?" What formal faith practices (family worship, prayer at bedtime, etc.) do you exercise in your home? How have you seen the Lord work through those times?
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Describe your current relationship with the Lord. What spiritual disciplines do you practice? What stirs your affections for the Lord? What deepens your love for Him?
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Are you open with your teens about the nature of your personal relationship with God? Do you give your child the opportunity to see how you foster love and affection for Christ? What opportunities can you take to engage your teen in conversation about what the Lord is doing in your life?
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The church plays an important role in bringing up the faith of teens, but moms and dads play the most critical role. "It's the reality of that parent's faith, it is the transparency of the parent to reveal that faith, that at the end of the day is giving teenagers a lifelong faith."