This is the goal for Cannon. To live everyday with a knowledge of the gospel and to approach life with the mission to fulfill the call on his life. After watching numerous parents at different age levels, there are a few things that I see in common of the parents that seem to have children that are living out the gospel.
Just to clarify, what I mean when I talk about living by the gospel:
- Knowledge of the Redeeming work of Jesus Christ (creation, sin, fall, redemption, completion)
- Changed life (looks different based on age)
- Good works (fruits of the spirit, serving others)
- Desire + Choices that match with living for Christ
This list of tips isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but it is meant to be helpful. I’ve listed a resource that I believe will help you figure out how to improve upon these areas of your life.
1. Parents live by the gospel
This seems to be the most obvious but also the most common. Those students and children that have moms and dads that are living, everyday, by the agenda set forth by Christ seem to have children that are doing the same.
Are you as a mom and dad fulfilling the above characteristics? Are they obvious or would you have to explain it to your children?
Here’s a few of my favorite books:
- Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
- The Explicit Gospel
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved
- Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
2. Ministry that they invest in
Parents of children that are living by the gospel, seem to have a ministry that they are involved in, in some way.
***This may not be in a church***
But they are consistently and continually pouring into a group of people.
They also challenge their children to do the same.
Do you have a way of showing your children, that life is not about you? That God has created you to do good works?
If you are still searching for a place to invest your life, start with PLACE Ministries
3. They intentionally invest in other adults that are investing in their children
They know their child’s small group leader, teachers, coaches, etc. They know what kind of influence they are on their child.
They invest in the good ones and caution their children on the bad influences.
When I was a child, I made an all star team and my parents wouldn’t let me play because the coach was a bad man. I was ticked. It is also one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever been taught.
Are you investing in the good leaders and cautious around the bad? Do your children know that you support the great influences in their life?
Greatest resources on this topic is a chapter in a book called Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community, the chapter is called “Widen the Circle”
4. They have a balance of investing/serving friendships
Most children pursuing God’s call have relationships with others that don’t live out that same call. If they don’t they seem to gravitate towards more of a Bible study type of Christianity.
Those students following the gospel still have a tight circle of friends that are honest and encouraging about pursuing God.
Couple of great resources:
5. Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
These families find a way of getting their kids to participate in the spiritual disciplines. Prayer, Bible reading, Service to Others, Giving, Meditation, Fasting, and Accountability are a few of the ways these students connect with their personal faith.
Parents have taught + modeled how to do each of these items.
Are you practicing the disciplines for your family? Have you taught and are you keeping up with how your children are doing in this area?
Best resource for me on this one is called Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word
So that’s a few ways that I’ve seen parents succeed. What am I missing?
Help some parents by dropping a comment below on things that have worked with your family and things that have failed