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From Toddlers To Teens – Cultivating A Biblical Worldview That Lasts A Lifetime

In a world that’s constantly pulling our kids in different directions, instilling a biblical worldview in them has never been more vital. Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes courage, bravery, and strength. All of which are in you! So, let’s quickly jump into 5 actionable steps to help your child develop a rock-solid biblical worldview.

1. Dive Into The Word Together
Become a family of spiritual explorers. Grab your Bible and embark on a journey through God’s Word with your children. Make time for regular family devotions, discussing biblical passages and their real-life implications. Let them see how the Bible is not just a dusty old book, but that it’s a love letter from God to them. It’s also a living, relevant guide for their lives.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 encourages us as parents to, “Teach [God’s commands] to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

2. Engage In Authentic Conversations
Don’t be afraid to tackle tough questions or address contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. Your kids are growing up in a complex world, and they need your guidance. Create a safe space for open conversations where doubts and uncertainties are welcome. Encourage them to voice their thoughts and provide biblical insights to navigate life’s challenges together.

3. Live Out Your Faith
Your actions speak louder than words. Show your kids what it means to live out a genuine, Christ-centered life. Model the values and principles you want them to embrace. Demonstrate love, forgiveness, and compassion in your daily interactions.

Let your faith be evident not only during the times you’re at church but throughout the week, too. As they witness your faith in action, they’ll be inspired to do the same. Galatians 5:22-23 reminds us of how we should live our lives displaying the Fruit of the Spirit, “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”

4. Surround Them With Strong Role Models
Community matters. Connect your kids with positive role models who share your biblical values. Involve them in a vibrant church youth group. Here, they can find godly men and women to help spiritually care for and develop them. They can also build meaningful friendships with peers who are seeking to honor God.

Proverbs 13:20 points out, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” The influence of godly friends and mentors are a powerful force in shaping their biblical worldview.

5. Pray With Passion And Enthusiasm
Never underestimate the power of prayer. Pray for your kids daily, asking God to protect them, grant them wisdom, and draw them closer to His heart. Trust in His faithfulness as you surrender your children’s lives into His loving hands. Remember, Jesus loves them more than you do.

My hope and prayer is that this article gave you a little boost of bravery along with some actions to take in helping your kids see the world through the lens of God’s Word. This is an important step in raising your children to become interdependent, life-long followers of Jesus who desire to make a Kingdom contribution.

You are courageous! You’re not alone in this journey…God is with you and so are we!

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  • Chris Reed

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Singles Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Marriages Pastor, and Parents Pastor. He is currently our Extensions Pastor, leading the charge for Saddleback Church start-ups across the US and world. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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