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  • ...because you are CALLED to this. and He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us. (Eph 3:20)

    ...because YOU, more than anyone else, have the greatest opportunity to influence your child for the Kingdom of God.

    ...because a few hours a week of church programming cannot successfully compete for the heart of a child if they are not being spiritually attended to at home.

    ...because if you begin to saturate your home with the gospel and teach your children basic Christian disciplines they will develop habits and skills that will keep them rooted in the love and grace of Jesus while they navigate life in a postmodern culture. (1 Timothy 4:8)

    ...because if every family in every church got serious about making disciples at home...... .IT WOULD CHANGE T HE WORLD Family Discipleship? dis·ci·ple: One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.

    • Family Discipleship is a call for you, as a parent to embrace a lifestyle of devotion to Jesus and to teach your children to do the same through word and action,

    • Family Discipleship is consistently telling stories of God’s faithfulness and proclaiming the gospel into every sphere of life so that your children will grow to love and worship God in response to His grace.

    .....does the Bible say about it? • “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them..

    God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28

    Family was God’s idea as a means to spread the knowledge of Him. • “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 • “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy

    Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

    You are called to make disciples; begin with you children. • “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that

    I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

    • “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 your role? • Commit to being a disciple yourself, You cannot teach your children what you don’t know and you cannot model for

    your children what you are unwilling to do. God’s desire for you is to know Him and make Him known, especially to your children.

    • To create an environment where Christ is the center and the word of God is valued. • To reveal to your children the Kingdom of Heaven • To raise children that above all treasure Jesus.



  • For Parents: • Intentional Parenting :: Tad Thompson • Shepherding a Child’s Heart :: Tedd Tripp • Disciple Like Jesus for Parents :: Alan

    Melton and Paul Dean • Connecting Church and Home :: Dr. Tim

    Kimmel • Family Driven Faith :: Voddie Baucham Jr, • Parenting is a Ministry :: Craig Caster • Loving Our Kids on Purpose :: Danny Silk • Big Truths for Young Hearts :: Bruce

    Ware • Praying Circles around Your Children ::

    Mark Batterson • Praying the Scriptures for Your

    Children :: Jodie Berndt • The Power of a Praying Parent :: Stormie

    Omartian • • •

    For Parents and Children: • The Jesus Storybook Bible :: Sally Lloyd-

    Jones • Long Story Short :: Marty Machowski

    (ten minute devotions to draw your family to God).

    • Dinner Table Devotions :: Nancy Guthrie • The Bg Picture Story Bible :: David Helm

    and Gail Schoonmaker • Training Hearts, Teaching Minds :: Starr


    How? Resources 1.

    Be a Disciple You cannot teach what you do not know or model what you do

    not do. Make a radical commitment to love Jesus with your whole life. Your actions and lifestyle will speak louder then the

    spiritual activities you participate in. Let your kids see you pray, worship, practically love others, honor your spouse. It will make

    an eternal impact on them.

    2. Pray for your children

    all the time :: everyday :: every night

    Prayer is the most powerful tool you have as a parent. • Pray scriptures of life, character, and destiny over your child) • Ask God to give you a vision for their life and then daily pray

    into that.. • Ask God for the salvation of your children and the continual

    filling of the Holy Spirit. .

    You have the potential to shape the destinies of your children

    3. Learn. Apply. Repeat

    Every moment in your child’s life can be used as an opportunity for teaching them the heart of Jesus. Discipleship is most

    effective when it is put into practice in the midst of daily routines. Don’t miss out on these times!

    Maybe you don’t know when to find these times. Maybe when you find them you don’t know what to do with them.

    Don’t fret, there is good news!

    There are a wealth of parents that have gone before you. Parents that have walked through BIG mistakes and BIG

    successes. Parents that have written down their stories of grace. READ T HIER STORIES!

    Become a consistent learner. Try out new things. They may not all work because every child is different, but some of them will.

    You’ll find your groove. And once you have---find it again. Read more, learn more, try different things. You have a lifetime to

    invest into your kids. What worked well when they were 5, may not work when they are 15.

    You were born to be a parent to your child, and God has made available all you need to succeed. GO F IND IT!

    “If you will commit to nothing else, resolve in your heart today that you will do whatever it takes to saturate your home life with the message of the

    gospel.” -Tad Thompson, Intentional Parenting

  • 1. Bring A Child Along for Errands With the constant chaos, it can be difficult to get the important one-on-one time you want to have with your children. One way to solve this is to bring one child along when running errands. You can turn that errand- running time into a discipleship moment–a time to better know, love, and train one of your kids. A trip to the pharmacy can turn into an important conversation about life, sickness, death, and the sovereignty of God. 2. Eat Dinner Together When your kids are still young and wild, dinners may not be how you envision them several years from now: a long, festive, deep time of connecting around the table. But, even 10 chaotic minutes around the dinner table will be an important time for your children to learn how to articulate a story from their day, to ask questions about things they’re learning, and for you to love them and teach them something new. 3. Learn What’s Unique About Each of Your Kids and Capitalize on it Every kid is different, a unique creation from God. So, we shouldn’t parent/disciple generically, but specifically. Your job isn’t to raise/disciple a generic kid. Your job is to raise/disciple each of the uniquely wired children God has given you. While the general tenor of your parenting should look the same for all of our kids, you should treat and train each child a bit differently given their unique temperaments, personalities, strengths, and struggles. Regularly ask yourself this question about each of your kids: “What’s the key to understanding _____ and what makes him/her tick?” The more you explore that question the more you discover the most effective ways to love and train your kids. 4. Pray for God to Save Your Kids/Lead Your Kids to Christ The greatest gift I received as a child was my mom leading me to Jesus. Don’t farm this out to others. Your child certainly may come to faith in a different way, but praying for this and aiming for this ought to be at the core of our heartbeat as parents. 5. Exercise With Your Kids Exercise is not only critical for physical health, but also for mental and emotional health (sanity!). To fit in exercise in the day and disciple your kids at the same time you can do several things. You can bring you children to the gym with you and let them run around the track with you. You can teach them the importance of hard work while showing them how to do push-ups. Or you can simply get outside with a soccer ball and run around the yard with you kids. 6. Maximize Bedtime This is a time of the day when children are uniquely receptive and impressionable. There are so many opportunities to make deep connections with your child’s heart at bedtime. Read them a bible story or excerpt from a devotional, let each child t