Family: God’s Most Powerful Discipleship Small Group Series
How important are you as parents in leading your children to our Savior? Charles Spurgeon, who is quoted below by Tony Reinke on the Desiring God website, shares just how valuable your story is of your own relationship with Christ – including your struggles! Many parents wonder how to teach children about Christ and the wonderful truths found in His Word. Your children need to hear from YOU, YOUR STORY of redemption through Christ, and how He continues to help you day to day, and how you totally depend upon His grace daily!
I remember as a child sitting around with my parents, and grandparents, and uncles listening to stories of when they were younger, or of my uncle’s stories of him during World War II. I would love to hear stories such as the one when my Dad as a child punched a bully in the nose at school, or when my Dad and his brothers played paintball (pre-paintball days) with BB Guns and my dad shot his older brother right between the eyes. There are so many more stories that I fondly hold onto because it made those important adults in my life real…like me! I will never forget the stories my grandmother would tell about Jesus and what He meant to her. They made a lasting and eternal impression upon my young heart.
My point is this: your children love to hear stories about YOU — Stories not only of your experience growing up, but stories of how Jesus Christ has worked and is working in your life. They will treasure these stories for a lifetime. But more importantly these stories help tell the story of God’s redemptive plan in Christ through your experience with Him. Tell them your story as you tell the story of the Gospel! They want to hear how great the God is that you serve. And don’t succumb to the deception that your story is boring or not exciting because in Christ, everyone has a Story to tell!
Tell them the story again!!
by Tony Reinke | February 20, 2012
When your son asks you in time to come, “What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your son, “We were Pharaoh’s slaves inEgypt. And the Lord brought us out ofEgyptwith a mighty hand.”
Fathers and mothers are the most natural agents for God to use in the salvation of their children. I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever had such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of my mother; neither can I conceive that, to any child, there can be one who will have such influence over the young heart as the mother who has so tenderly cared for her offspring.
We should especially tell our children our own experience… Perhaps, my friend, there is no testimony that you can bear which will be so useful, so interesting and so striking, as the testimony of what you have, yourself, seen and handled of the Word of Life.
Tell the gospel as you find it in the Bible, but set it in the frame of your own experience of its preciousness! Tell your son how you sinned and how the Lord had mercy upon you. Tell him how he met with you, how you were brought to seek his face, how you were born again, how you received a new heart and a right spirit. He will think the more of this great change because it happened to his father, or to his mother, or to some kind friend. And, perhaps, if he is not himself converted as a child, in his later life he may think of what you told him or the remembrance of his mother’s God may rise before him when he is far away from the scenes of his youth and has spent many years in foolish vanities — and he may even then turn to God, beckoned back to the great Father’s House above by the memory of his godly father and mother here below.