Evaluating your kids spiritual condition
some questions to ask your children...
Tell me about your trust in Jesus & your love for him.
what do you enjoy most in your Bible reading?
what are your strongest temptations to sin?
what do you like most about church?
If you weren’t being raised in a Christian home, what would you miss about it most of all?
if a friend of yours asked you how to become a Christian, what would you say??
>>> adapted from Josh Niemi, expository parenting (p.187)
PODCAST: What if my kids don’t like our Church?
A few encouragements...
Pray — seek the elders’ help and encouragement and prayer
Persevere — keep enduring and persevering patiently and prayerfully
Inquire — for help/encouragement/accountability
Engage — even more in ministry life
Capitalize — use it as opportunity to shepherd them on what a local church is to be/do
Pastor Geoff talks about the ultimate goals of parenting. All of the goals of parenting can be summarized and summed up in one ultimate aim: to be faithful to what God has called us to do in His Word.
So your child has sinned and you've taken them to the room for discipline. So what do you do then? What, practically, does discipline look like?
Gather the facts - "what happened?"
Reach the heart -- "how did you respond?" Why?
Expose the sin -- Specify the sin (heart of selfishness, control, anger, etc.)
Prove it biblically --- ideally, open a Bible and show them the Scriptures.
Give the discipline -- use the rod.
Express tender love -- hold them, hug them, verbally tell them: "I love you"
Give the gospel -- do you know why I did this? You've sinned. God is holy. You're a sinner...
Pray with them -- Pray for them and move on tenderly, lovingly, caringly.
Pastor Geoff gives counsel to all parents -- and fathers, particularly -- to hear the preached Word well and to impress them and apply them to their own hearts and lives and THEN to re-preach these truths to the children throughout the upcoming week.
Many illustrations and examples are given in this podcast.
May God graciously equip and help us to do this for His glory and for the good of our children.