Raise Kids Who Love God

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It's hard to imagine that a parent who trusts and loves that Lord that doesn't desire their child to grow to trust and love the Lord also. However, sometimes parents who desire to see their kids put their faith in God just don't know their role in discipling their children. Ed Stetzer has authored over a dozen books, serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Sumner County, TN, and is President of Lifeway Research. Watch as Ed shares what he considers to be the most important thing parents can do to raise kids who love and honor God.


“The most important thing parents can do to raise children who love and honor God is to actually love and honor God.” Ed described this love as not merely aspirational, but a love that your children can see. Has your love for God ever been the aspirational kind of love that Ed described? Compare and contrast an aspirational love for God with an active, visible love for God.
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What opportunities do your kids have to see your love for God? How can you be more aware of making your love for God visible to your children?
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Ed explained how having your marriage as the center of your home, and not your children, is a powerful discipleship tool. Do you struggle with putting your children before your marriage? If so, give an example. What does it look like for you to put your spouse above your children?
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Speaking from the context of vocational ministry, Ed said that he has to be sure to show his family that they are more important than his vocation. Are you tempted to put work ahead of your family and relationship with God? How can you be intentional about showing your kids that your relationship with God and your relationship with them takes priority over your job?
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As a parent, you may not always know when your kids are watching you. Living your life in such a way that displays your love for God has a tremendous role in shaping your child's own love for God. Watch this moving illustration that shows the impact that seeing a father’s faith lived out makes on a child.



Your kids needs to know, they need to hear, but perhaps most importantly, they need to see your love for God. Whether you can tell now or not, the faith that your child sees in you can powerfully shape who they will become.