Keeping Family Close to Jesus
What God says about keeping your family close to Jesus
Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ.    - Romans 10:17
My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth – things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord…so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born and they in turn would tell their children.- Psalm 78:1-6

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon 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 your doorframes of your houses and on your gates.    - Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Three most important faith-building activities of a believer: 
  1. The habit of regular weekly worship, that is, every weekend.
  • bring your children to church from day one
  • help them participate in age-appropriate steps (Children’s message, Lord’s Prayer, offering, etc.)
  1. Reading your Bible or biblical devotional books and praying together at home
  • Small children (age 1-9)
  1. “Strong Roots for Tender Shoots” (cradle roll materials)
  2. Bible story books – see examples
  • Older children (age 10-14 )
  1. Your Time of Grace videos (
  2. Grace Moments devotional books or Meditations
  3. The Story (chronological NIV)
  4. Reading your Bible (start with Matthew or Genesis….)  Use Luther’s 4 questions:
What is Jesus teaching me?
What makes me sad (what sin should I confess)?
What makes me glad (what promise/comfort does Jesus give)?
What/who can I pray for?
  1. Ongoing practice of Bible study with fellow Christians
  • Starting Point, Next Step
  • Family Bible Hour in the sanctuary – 9:15 a.m. Sundays
  • Kids’ G.R.O.W. for ages 3-14 – 9:15 a.m. Sundays

FOLLOW-UP VISIT:  Our congregation is planning in-home visits with as many of our members as possible this summer. Our goal: to encourage continued spiritual growth in every aspect of life. Consider it Phase Two.

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