Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 5

Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 5

May 24

Choose The Voices Your Child Listens To

We have spoken many times here on Parenting on Purpose about who influences your child.  It can be media, peers, teachers etc.  Teens still say that their parents have the number one influence in their lives, even if they don’t act like it. How are we using this influence? We can get discouraged and allow those other influences to be louder then our voice as parents or we can choose to use our voice for good in our teen’s life.

This is the action of our faith. Do we live out our faith on a day to day basis for our children to observe?  When we do this they can see that their own faith is a daily walk and not just a Sunday event.  Their “moral compass” or the Holy Spirit will be the guide to help them filter through all the other “voices” that are around them.  Choose to make your faith an every day event to encourage your children in their own journey with Christ.

 

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Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 4

Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 4

May 23

Choose To Teach From Your Mistakes

One of the reasons our children grow up with a compartmentalized faith is because faith is viewed as a “standard” and not an “exercise”.  We refer back to God or church as a standard and say things like.  “You just learned on Sunday that you’re not supposed to lie and look what you’re doing!”.  Again and again our children fall short because their faith is viewed as a standard to compare against.  Children need to see faith exercised.  When we exercise or practice, we assume that we are going to make mistakes and use the practice field to improve our skills.  Life is a practice field for parents and children. Unfortunately, parents sometimes treat this practice field as if they were the referee as opposed to a participant.

Parents need to exercise faith by teaching their children from their mistakes as well as their successes.

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Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 3

Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 3

May 22

Where To Begin

We spoke earlier this about how parents are hoping that by dropping their children off at church, their children will develop an everyday faith…the problem is for the average family, church only has about 40 hours a year to influence a child…where as

The average parent has over 3000 hours of influence each year in the lives of their children.  This encompasses car rides, time around the table, times during the day where parents and kids are together and where influence can happen.  When a parent can use some of those 3000 hours to influence their child spiritually, we can see an everyday faith develop.

“Be Kind and Loving to each other” Catch them doing something right, and encourage the right behavior. When you connect social behavior to biblical principle, you make the bible come alive for a child/student.  You can catch them being kind and loving especially with in the home with their siblings.  Make sure to model this behavior with your spouse and with others outside you home.

 

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Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 2

Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 2

May 21

Why Do Parents and Churches Struggle In This Area?

We are constantly bombarded by images.  Images that would suggest a perfect family with perfect children, the “stock image family”.  The problem is these are only models acting for a picture it is not real life.  In real life family can be messy.  There are real life issues that are dealt with.  Today’s family may not look like the nuclear family of times past, it may include a single parent, step parents etc.

Parents, and churches, must move past the stereotype of what family should look like and apply faith to what their family is. Your family does not surprise God, and He doesn’t expect you to be like the stock family photo; air brushed and edited to perfection.  God loves your family the way you are.  Every family needs to develop their own rhythm, which works for them.  When you develop this rhythm, you can begin modeling/teaching an everyday faith for your children.  A faith that isn’t fake or compartmentalized but real, organic, and practical for your specific circumstances in life.

 

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Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 1

Teaching Your Child to Have an Everyday Faith w/Pastor Terry Scalzitti | Part 1

May 20

Why It’s Important To Teach

We live in a world where faith has easily become “compartmentalized”. Some parents have come believe that the spiritual growth of their children is up to the church. What’s the problem then?  According to several research organizations, seven out of ten students that grow up in the church will leave church when they go away to college.  Seven out of ten students are saying that they don’t have time for their compartmentalized faith with God.  Moses said in Deuteronomy 6:6 “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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 door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Moses didn’t say talk about God’s word on Sunday, or in your prayer time, or just in youth group.  We’ve been teaching a generation how to “go to church” instead of how to “be the church”.  When you move from a compartmentalized faith to an everyday faith, the church stops being a building and starts becoming the body of Christ.  An everyday faith begins when a parent engages and partners with the church in the spiritual development of their child.  An everyday faith begins when a church partners with a parent understanding that what happens at home is just as important as what happens at church.

 

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