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Disciplining Your Family

Family discipleship needs to make a comeback. Local churches are not meant to be the primary way our children learn about the things of God. They only maybe spend 2-3 hrs a week with our kids, we the parents are there the bulk of the time.

So it’s essential that we deliberately set aside time to worship with our families at home.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

There are tons of good resources available, you just have to weed out the unbiblical ones and start a routine. A few times a week to start out will lead to an every day routine if you stick with it for a prolonged period of time. But don’t be discouraged when you miss a day or two, just start it up again.

There are catechisms and tools for this. Some are tailored to children, others are deeper. But find one that you are able to stick to and that resonates with the entire family. This will probably take some work starting out but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

We need to be diligent in training our children while using the Bible. If we want them to be the best Christians they can be, to be God honoring Christians. The secular school system is doing nothing to teach them about God and they spend the bulk of their early years there. So it is our job as parents to try to circumvent that. Ideally, if you’re not already, you should be working towards homeschooling your children so that secular/worldly indoctrination isn’t a worry. No one is saying that will be easy but it’s necessary if we want our children to grow up in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Pray for strength to make strides in your family discipleship and don’t be ashamed to ask for help. We’ve all been in the beginning stages and needed a little primer to get us going. Press on!

About Matthew S

I'm currently a Deacon at a Baptist Church in the process of becoming an elder. I have an amazing wife and one son. Currently work in a box/puzzle factory. I enjoy studying God's word, lifting weights, hiking, hunting and fishing.

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  1. Amen!
    I can tell your sermons are all on fire for the LORD!
    Great word, Matthew,
    God Bless~

  2. Yah Matthew your article was great! If we don’t train our children to love God, the world will train them not to. My husband and I homeschooled our three sons, who are now adults and if we had the opportunity we would do it all over again. The best way to know what our children are learning is to teach it to them ourselves. I presume you too homeschool? God bless you in this awesome endeavour.


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