Summary: 1 of 2 on sharing your faith. This message is on sharing your faith with your children. Source for the outline came from Timothy Peck on sermon Central
Most of the time when you think of passing on a legacy you consider the ways you can leave some THING to your descendants—Wealth, a name, jewelry, or maybe a special antique.
There is a more valuable thing you can leave to your children than all of these. It is the legacy of faith…
“Listen, people of Israel! The LORD our God is the only LORD. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 Always remember these commands I give you today. 7 Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Write them down and tie them to your hands as a sign. Tie them on your forehead to remind you, 9 and write them on your doors and gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Many people operate as if they are a chest of drawers with divided up lives: One drawer, is for work; another drawer is for sports; another for family; and another for God. Each day they open and shut these drawers as needed.
Does Christ simply want to be one of the drawers of our lives? No! A more accurate understanding of the place Christ should be in our lives is to see Him as the “chest of drawers.” We CANNOT give what we do not first possess ourselves!
It was Dr. James Dobson who once accurately declared that morals, convictions, values of a child are more often “caught” than “taught.”
You are teaching them right now the value of your faith by how much harmony there is between your lips and your life.
If you tell them that a relationship with the Lord is important but they never see you opening the Bible, praying, sharing your faith, going to church or living according to God’s principles, what message will your children get?
Diligence! The word diligent carries the idea of thoughtful care at every step along the way.
It’s a little like growing tomatoes. You start them out in a window box protected by glass. When they are a little bigger you put them in the garden and protect them with a fence. When they get big and heavy to keep them out of the dirt you stake them up with ribbon or nylon (not string—it’s too harsh and it damages the plant). Eventually the plant is strong, healthy and bears beautiful tomatoes!
5 I remember your true faith. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I know you now have that same faith. 2 Timothy 1:5
Here we learn that Paul recognized Timothy as a young man strong in doctrine and faith, ready to be a leader and servant of Jesus Christ. How, according to this verse, did he get this way?
It was the persistent training and example of Timothy’s godly mother and grandmother that had made the difference.
You are not your kids best buddies and friends – you are the parents. Sometimes you must make unpopular decisions.
Preparing your child to be used by God often requires allowing your child to suffer Failure and Pain. There are rules to life and consequences that come when you break the rules.