Parenting Pathway: A Guide to Discipling your Children
God’s Heart for Parenting
God has expressed his plan for parenting in the Bible, in Deuteronomy 6. As parents, our goal is to follow this plan. This model expresses the Father heart of God, and His desire for His children to pass on a godly legacy. The kingdom of God expands one heart at a time, from one generation to the next. One key way that this happens is when we disciple our children, both in the home and in the Church.
The Parenting Pathway
Your child’s time in the home can be viewed as four growth stages. Understanding these four stages will help you embrace your role during their development. Learning about these stages will help you teach your child Jesus’ answer to three basic questions of human identity, belonging and purpose in Christ. Each stage builds upon one another, and will ultimately lead to releasing your children to be secure and confident in their own faith in Christ.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
- Deuteronomy 6:5-9