by Foo Fu Fong (edited by the 4/14 Window Media Team)
Maybe what we had found out in our lives as we are raising our own family is, most of the time our families are struggling badly on their own and the Church is not adequately equipping and discipling the home. This is creating a mindset in us, that there is a looming crisis in our midst – we are losing the next generation! What we certainly have to know at the first place is that the family is the institution that God has created to fulfill His plans for His Kingdom purposes! This is way more important before anything else is intended to do His will.
Genesis 2:24, NASB says, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And His purpose for the family is : “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28, KJV). So certainly God had created family for so many reasons – and we are to multiply, to have dominion over this earth.
In between multiplying and to subdue and to have dominion over this earth, is a growing arena. Discipleship takes place in this process. The family is where God has intended for discipleship of the next generation to take place!
So here is what I have to share about discipling and raising nurturers in the family. The most important one is that we should Establish a biblical worldview in our Children; that they have to love God, Love His Word and obey His Word. Then teach those word of God to your children.
You could teach those word by memorizing God’s Word as a family, create reminders of God’s Word in the home, be a role model of depending your life in His world. Bible Storytelling, Testimonies, Teachable moments, family devotions can be ways to share God’s word.
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