1 - Model Christ

Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go


Dave Stone, Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church, has written the parenting book series Faithful Families. After raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his twenty-thousand-member congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings strong. He knows that raising faithful families is a vital key to continued growth of the church. In this course, he teaches parents how to model Christ for their kids, impart biblical values and teach them to be servants and Christ-followers.

Sometimes parents feel clueless in raising their kids. In this real-life story, David and Stephanie realized that the poor choices their children made were based on the behavior they modeled. Watch as they discovered the change when they worked to set an example of Christ for their family. 


Have you ever felt clueless about raising your kids? What are the hardest parts of parenting for you? What are some behaviors your kids do, or you are afraid they will do, that you are looking for answers in this course?
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Parents still have the greatest influence in the lives of their children. Parents set the standard for the family. In this video, Dave talks about the first issue the Christian parent must settle—make your own faith real and visible because what you model will have a greater impact than what you say. 


Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

6Train up a child in the way he should go;

even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Dave said that the following behaviors will teach your kids that you do not take your personal faith seriously, and they will naturally drift towards the easy way out.
  • You play at church, but don't really engage in fellowship or community
  • Your faith is a box to check off once a week
  • You act differently around one group than you do with another

Do you and your spouse have any double standards between your talk and your walk of faith? Where do you let standards slide and why? Do you justify compromise for the sake of reputation, ease, fun, comfort ... or something else?
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How do your kids see what you stand for? What uncompromising values do they see in you, and what situations give you the best opportunity to model conviction for them?
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Psalm 127:4-5 (ESV)

4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior

are the children of one’s youth.

5Blessed is the man

who fills his quiver with them!

He shall not be put to shame

when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Dave used the arrow analogy to encourage us to sharpen, straighten, aim in the right direction and release our kids. How do you do each of these with your sons or daughters? What does it look like?
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Who do your kids hang out with? How do you instruct your kids, directly or not, how to select godly friends?
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Children are an awesome responsibility. Dave has given some good ideas for teaching them faith through your example. Whatever strategy you employ, the most important thing you can do for them is to pray.