Faith@Home is all about equipping parents to make the Gospel the center of family life. You might be saying to yourself, "I do want to bring the Gospel home but I just don't know how." Making this statement is the first step! It shows willingness and intentionality but recognizes a need to be equipped. Below are some simple ways to be intentional about integrating Faith@Home...
The intent here is to help make Faith@Home as simple as possible. Don't let this growing list of ideas overwhelm you. Just click on your life situation and choose one thing you want to do this week to live your Faith@Home. If you email pastor Bruce with the idea you have chosen he will pray for you as you implement your idea.
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- The very best thing you can do for your child's spiritual growth is to be growing in your own relationship with God. Seek and savor God. Find your joy in Him. Make Him your treasure. Let Christ satisfy you completely. Then live (relate to your spouse and children) out of the overflow of that growing faith. God is real and life is about Him!
- Check in with the Teacher/Leader as to what was discussed in class or small group and review that with your child during the week.
- Use the craft your child made as a discussion starter. Ask, "What does your craft tell us about God (what He did), or how we should treat others?"
- Use the Sunday school take home page as a way to start a conversations around the dinner table.
- Go on step further and use the Sunday school take home page as a family night. Usually the sheets contain fun activities and conversation starters that you can do as a family.
- On your way home from church ask your child what they learned today. Ask, "What Bible story (or verse) did you talk about today?" "What does that story (or verse) tell you about God? or how we should treat others?" Ask, "When would be a good time to remember that story/verse?" (This helps bring faith home by connecting God to everyday life.)
- Work through the Breakout material with your child each week. Do a little each day to demonstrate our need for daily spiritual input. The material is very good so if you reinforce it with your child he or she will come to understand it's value.
- Post a reminder on your refrigerator or in your car to ask your children about what they learned this week . Ask something like, "Was there a situation this week when you remembered (needed to remember) what you learned?" "What happened?" "How did you respond differently (how would you have responded differently) because of what you learned?"
Work with your child on the weekly memory verse. Have fun making up motions or putting the verse to a song. Weekly sources for memory verses include the Sunday school take home page, Breakout lesson, and the Family Bible Verse of the Month (FBVM). The benefits of memorizing Scripture with your children include:
- Modeling your hunger for God's Word
- Spuring on conversations about the verse being memorized. Talk about why the verse is important to know and what difference it can make in their life. (meditation)
- Sharing insights on how the verse helps us in our relationships with God and others (which may lead to worship)
- and, equipping you with parenting tools useful for teaching, training, correction, revealing truth about God, ourselves, and the world around us.
- Volunteer as a children's ministry leader or helper. Model how serving others is important and show that you are willing to go all out for your child's spiritual growth.
- Pray for your children and with your children often. This demonstrates our dependence on God.
- Encourage your children to pray around the dinner table.
- Use the A.C.T.S. model of prayer: Adoration (what do you love about God?), Confession (what are things that you have thought or done that are unloving to God or others?), Thanksgiving (what has God done for you or what character quality does God have that you are thankful for?), Supplication (what are ways that God can help your family, friends, or others).
- Read the Bible together. But make sure you don't miss the God of the Bible as you read. Bible reading is not the end, rather it is a means to an end. That "end" is to see and savor the Lord God, our Savior!
- Make confession, forgiveness, repentance a regular part of your family life (adults and children). As parents we need to model this for our child rather than just require it of them without doing it ourselves. We are all needy!!! No one is perfect!!! Demonstrate your need of grace in front of your children.
- (User Submitted Idea) Read a daily devotion with your family and then talk about how it relates you our life together.
- (User Submitted Idea) Be intentional and look for opportunities to pass onyour faith to your children, even homework can provide many opportunities to talk about your faith.
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- (User Submitted Idea) Share kind words with your spouse when they/you get home. For example, welcome them home with a hug and kiss and say, "How are you?" Then give them your full attention as they share their day. Tell them how special they are and you looked forward all day to seeing them again.
- (User Submitted Idea) I pass on my faith by serving my spouse through simple chores around the house such as taking care of the plants, taking out the garbage, and cleaning the kitchen floor. Doing these simple chores frees up my spouse to do the things they want to do. I love serving in this way.
- (User Submitted Idea) I pass on my faith by nursing my spouse back to health when they are sick. [This is sometimes easier for wives to do, but what a great ministry for husbands to do for their wives too!]
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- (User Submitted Idea) Living my faith in MY home means being the “Proverbs woman” in being supportive and encouraging to my husband, letting my family members know that I pray for them daily and specifically and sharing my faith with them. Speaking as the only one in my family walking with Christ, I’m aware of the privilege and responsibility that comes with being “Jesus in the home” for my prodigal and unbelieving family members.
- (User Submitted Idea) Share the message wnat what it meant to you with your unbelieving spouse when you get home if they are open to it.
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(User Submitted Idea) One father shared this story...As an empty nester and previously a poor example as a father, I had been talking to my boys for years after becoming born-again with one son coming to know the Lord. I had two more sons and a stepson that still had not been born-again. One day it hit me that I needed to intentionally book some time with the family and share some Bible verses with them (the Roman road plus additional). I emailed them a link of a boys choir singing "Going Home"… it was just a perfect picture of what heaven might look like and I said something like: "This is a perfect picture of what every born-again believer has to look forward to! I want you there with me! Please give me an hour or so to share some verses with you guys… I will bring the pizza & drinks!" (Pizza & Preaching!) Both boys showed up and at the end both said they wanted to pray to ask Jesus into their hearts. Both shortly thereafter went thru the "Before the Cross" class at the church and one of my boys became born-again. My other son has recently also become born-again in October of 2013. God is GOOD!
- (User Submitted Idea) Look for opportunities to pass on your faith to your grandchildren. Be intentional and make it fun!
- (User Submitted Idea) Listen to one another. Love and accept one another. Spend quality time together. Bring home a yummy dessert to share. Cook your spouse's favorite meal or take them to their favorite restaurant.
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- (User Submitted Idea) Share one loving thing you did for someone today.
- What is one way I can serve you this week? Or How can I ease your load this today/this week?
- What was your best vacation memory?
- What is something you appreciate about each person in your family?
- Share how your life would be different if you could always remember that God is the main character in your story. (God is real and life is about Him.)
- What is favorite childhood memory?
- What is your worst childhood memory? What role, if any, did God play in dealing with this situation/memory?
- Who was the person that had the most influence on your spiritual growth?
- What do you treasure?
- What is life all about? What is marriage all about? parenting? employment? school?
- When did God work in an unexpected way?
- What is/ought to be the goal of discipline in our home? What "shape" should discipline take in our home in order to accomplish our goal?
- When our child leaves home someday what do you want most for them? athletic achievement? academic achievement? social life? artisic achievement? faith & character? Which of these gets the most parental attention, money, time, worry, focus? How might your parenting change based on your answers?