Tips for Raising Christian Children
by Daniel Redding
One of the greatest struggles parents face today is how to raise their children to be Christians. Unfortunately, it is so easy to get caught up in the motion and forget to live through Christian values. It is important for parents to teach their children these values and how to convey them throughout their everyday lives. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Here are a few helpful tips for raising Christian children that I hope you find beneficial.
Don’t just talk the talk; you have to walk the walk. Parents are children’s greatest role models. As a role model it is important to lead by example and live by the faith you preach in your home. You cannot expect your children to live as Christians if you yourself are not living as a Christian parent. It sends mixed signals when they are being taught certain principles but in actuality they are witnessing something different. Attending church as a family is highly encouraged but it is even more important to live the Christian way outside of the church.
Share the Gospel and the Power of Prayer. Children learn best from informal, comfortable situations. The preacher standing at the podium before hundreds of people can be very intimidating to a young child therefore they lose focus. The sermon may also create confusion or develop questions. Discussing Sunday’s lesson following church will be very valuable to a child and their growing knowledge of the bible. You can also incorporate family devotions into your weekly schedules. Read the scripture with your children because they are more likely to retain the information when they hear it repeatedly. Teach them the power of prayer and how much prayer helps you and the importance of praying for others who are in need. Whether it is a blessing over a meal or a bedtime prayer, praying together is one of the most important things you can do as a Christ centered family.
Teach them to Give and Forgive. Giving is a large part of Christianity. Giving of your time to help those in need and tithing to the church. It is important that children learn the importance of giving for others less fortunate. As Christians you are not required to give but out of kindness and generosity your heart leads you to give voluntarily. As God died on the cross to forgive us of our sins we should in turn forgive others. Teach your children when they commit wrongful acts, God forgives them and they should also forgive their peers for their mistakes.
There is no way to ensure your child is going to grow up as a Christian. Christian influences and leading as an example will certainly expose them to Christ like values and morals. A family sharing biblical lessons and the importance of prayer builds relationships with the Lord. Parents teaching how to forgive and how to give, communicates many other life lessons for children. They will gain an understanding of respect, generosity, kindness and love for others. Instilling Christianity early in a child’s life enhances the likelihood that their walk with Christ will mature as they grow older.
This article was written by Strong Rock Camp, a Christian-based summer camp in Georgia, nestled in the North Georgia Mountains of Cleveland. Our Christian camp provides camping opportunities to both boys and girls in our coed environment.
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