Foundations of the Family: Passing along our Faith

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Of all the tragedies in child rearing, perhaps the greatest is when we, as Christian parents, fail to convey our faith to our children. There are many reasons for this failure, but it doesn't make it any less of a failure! Some parents may fail because they do not grasp the necessity and importance of sharing their faith with their children. I'm not talking about a pious plastic or phony attitude toward our children. They need to know that our relationship with Christ is deeply personal and very real, otherwise they may reject our faith and our Savior.

A. It is our God-given responsibility.

B. Note: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

C. Note: Ephesians 6:1-4

D. The training of our children is to prepare them for the real world as children of God.

* What is our goal of parenting? Our goal should be the same as God's goal.

* How do we do this?

I. They Need to See the Character Of God (Ep. 6:4)

II. They Need to Learn the Consistency Of God (Ephesians 6:4)

III. We Need to Develop Good Communication

IV. Chastisement