The last couple of months we have been focusing on the discipleship of your children in the Word of God by developing the habits of Family Worship Nights and having a Daily Devotional.
If you have not read those articles yet let me encourage you to go back and read them. I believe it will be well worth your time.
This month we will be looking at getting Gods Word into our littles. Now when I say littles I mean those that are not yet old enough to read. We touched on this in the last article on Daily Devotionals. Some parents enjoy reading Devotionals to their kids and that is a fantastic way to do it.
As long as the material is easy enough for the children to grasp. There are lots of devotional material out there for children. One of my favorites would be the YouVersion Bible app for kids. It is great! The app has 40+ bible stories designed specifically for children. It is like a cartoon so it helps keep the kids attention and it actually reads the story to the kids if they are unable to read it for themselves. It also has little games and puzzles that help the children to remember what they have read. My children love using this app and they are constantly wanting to use my phone so they can see a story. This is just one of many devotional items that you could use with your child.
The main thing would be to make sure your child is hearing the scripture and that they are having fun while they are listening. When you do this I believe you will have children that will develop a love for the Bible and will carry that love with them through their teenage and adult years.
Once again if you have any questions or comments on any article or maybe something you would like to see an article on please let us know. We are here for you!
Parent Ministry Mentor
Last month we wrote about developing a habit of having a Family Worship Night. This is a time when you gather your family together in your home and have a time of singing, prayer and getting into Gods Word. If you didn’t get a chance to read that article please let me encourage you to check it out.
This month we are going to take a look at a more personal time. We are talking about having a daily devotional or quiet time as many people call it. This is a time when it is just you and God.
There are so many ways to have an awesome quiet time but I do not have the space to talk about them all. Let me challenge you as a parent to have a quiet time with God as often as you can. Remember you are setting the example for your children to follow.
So how early can you begin teaching your child to have a daily devotional? That really depends upon the child. You can start as soon as they are able to read and comprehend what they are reading. There are many devotionals for kids. Some parents have quiet times with their kids even before they are able to read. They read the devotional and scripture to their child. As long as there is scripture and prayer involved then you can have a great devotional time. Some people incorporate music or journaling into their times with God. Some people meditate on what they have read and let it sink in before they move on to anything else.
There are many, many ways to have a quiet time. If you have an older child that has a smart phone you could download the YouVersion Bible app. This app has hundreds of different Bible translations and tons of devotional material. It is one of the best Bible apps out there and I use it on a daily basis.
Allow me now to give you a word of warning. You will be tempted to hurry through your time with God. There will be a plethora of things calling out for you to do. When this happens take time to pause and clear your mind and then continue on.
Once again a daily devotional is a formed habit. You will have great days and you will probably miss some days. My advice would be to not get down on yourself. Instead pick back up where you left off and keep going. It will get easier as you are more and more consistent. Also you will be setting a pattern out for your children to follow. When your child misses a day or two or three, encourage them to pick back up where they left off.
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This topic is vital if you are truly wanting to disciple your children. We are talking about weekly Family Worship Nights.
Can you feel the excitement surge through you?
I know, I know. One more thing to put on the calendar of our already too busy lives. Stay with me here and don’t check out. This is so important. We would not be asking you to do this if it was not so.
A weekly night of your family getting together to pray, sing and get into the scriptures. You may ask, don’t we do that on Sunday mornings? Yes we do. But there is something special that happens when you get your family together in your home to worship Jesus.
So how do we do this?
Let’s talk about the bare bones of a family worship night.
First and foremost you will need to come up with a night to do this. The great thing about a family worship night is it can be done on any night during the week. You may say that every night is taken with practice or rehearsals or whatever. I would have to ask, how important it is to you to disciple your children. If it truly is important to you then you will make time to do this. But I will also warn you that when you set a time you will need to protect that time. Many, many things will come along to take this time away, even good things. You must protect this time. Once you have a time set the rest is pretty easy.
The length of your worship night will vary greatly depending on the age of your children. Our family worship night usually lasts about 20 minutes or so. We spend time singing about 10 minutes then we spend 5-10 minutes in the Word and then 5 minutes praying. Then it’s over and our kids usually go to bed after that.
We want our children to see that this whole Jesus thing is not just about Sunday mornings. We want them to see that we are serious about living a life devoted to Christ. Family Worship Nights are a great tool to help with that.
RightNow Media is a great resource to use to help with getting into the Word and we use YouTube to pick out worship songs to sing. It is not complicated. The hardest part is finding the time to have this special night. Take the month of January to work on this. Our prayer is that a habit Family Worship Nights will take root and will be something that changes your family forever.
Let me also say that if you are not praying with your children on a consistent basis then that may also be something to work on this month. I love praying over my kids but I love it more when my kids pray over me. When we model prayer, our love for Gods Word and worship we are well on our way in this discipleship process. Please let us know if there is anyway that we can help you further in this journey of discipleship.
At Church Inside Out we believe that the discipleship process for our children should be done primarily in the home. It is the responsibility of the parents to disciple their children and model for them what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus. The church is there to supplement and to walk along side the parents in the adventure of discipleship. With all that being said I want you to know that we understand how crazy that feels and how intimidating it can be to know that it is on your shoulders to model out the life of Jesus to your children.
We at Church Inside Out commit to helping you in this process. Yes it is a process. It will take time and practice for you to feel more comfortable in leading your children in the ways of Jesus. Especially if you are not used to doing this now. We want you to be successful and if you keep going and stay consistent in what you are doing we know that you will get there.
We believe that there are four areas that we need to cover with our children to help them become well rounded disciples of Jesus. We will take each one of these areas and focus on it for a three month period. The four areas are The Word (Jan-March), Service (April-June), Evangelism (July-Sept) and Worship (Oct-Dec). We will have a subtopic each month during that quarter. For example from January to March the main topic is The Word. So in January we will discuss Weekly Family Worship Nights, February we will talk about the importance of having Daily Devotionals and in March we want to tackle how to get The Word into our littles. We are spacing the articles and tools out monthly because it is our hope that you will take each subtopic and work on making it a habit throughout the month.
Once again we believe that with consistency and love you will begin seeing the fruit of this time well spent. Our prayer is that every family that calls Church Inside Out home will be well equipped to lead their children to be come fully devoted follower of Jesus.
Lead Parent Ministry Mentor
Here is a great resource to celebrate Jesus throughout December. Create some space in your schedule--about 15 minutes to spend time together reflecting on Jesus' birth!
Share what God is doing in your family through this on our Facebook group!
I know with the holidays upon us everything tends to get thrown out of whack during this time of year. I want to encourage you to make it a priority during this holiday season to spend quality time with your family in Gods Word. It is so easy to put this on the back burner and say we will pick it back up after the New Year. But so many times we fall into that trap and then the next thing we know it is June and we still have not started a devotional time with our family.
I know this all too well because I have lived it over the years. The best thing that we can do is seek out a rhythm to your week. Sit down with you spouse and go over your week. When is the best time to have your family devotional? You will need to protect this time. Once you put it on the calendar and make it a priority the enemy will go all out to throw you off track. Seemingly innocent and even good things will be brought your way. You must protect your time with your family.
Do you see any times during the week that you could use to point your kids to Jesus? Examples could be zoo trips, going to the park, going to school, going to worship on Sundays. Opportunities are all around us to share about the goodness of our God. Just slow down take a breath and look around. Don’t let the holidays steal your time with Jesus. Instead use the holidays to point your family to Jesus. That is what they are there for to begin with. The holidays will steal your time if you let them.
You are not alone.
Anxiety sets in when someone says it's our responsibility as parents to disciple our kids. This usually stops parents dead in their tracks and the process immediately stops.
What if, there was a common goal and a common sharing of resources and tools to help you in this endeavor?
This is what we hope through Church Inside Out to be to you: a resource.
Through this blog, we will share helpful articles, tools and different voices in our church and in the "family ministry world" to help you in this seemingly overwhelming responsibility.
In addition to this, Brad Burgess, is going to be the lead to help us in this endeavor. Resources are great, but people walking alongside you in the journey is the most helpful. You will be hearing about Brad and from Brad in the next week or two.
Join us Sunday, November 3 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. as Greg Gunn helps us establish a spiritual vision for our families.
The event is FREE, but we need you to register for you and your family here:
We are excited about this for our church family as we help parents become the primary disciplers of their children.
The Family Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their children in an annual ceremony.
We'll give you the tools you'll need to carry out a Family Experience each year including: