Part 1 in Dr. Bill’s series on being intentional about passing your faith along to your kids Show Notes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Christian young people are leaving the church in record numbers.  In fact, some youth ministry experts believe that as many as three out of four Christian teens who attend a secular college or university will leave the church by the time they graduate.  

How can we be more intentional about passing our faith along to our children?  This week I’ll be sharing a few practical ideas on this for Christian parents:

First of all, it’s important to remember that Christianity is “caught” more than taught.  Although teaching spiritual truths to our kids is important, how we live out our Christian faith on a daily basis is vital.  If our “walk” doesn’t match our “talk” our children will come to view our faith as hypocritical and meaningless.

So, are you modeling the Fruit of the Spirit?  For those of us who are followers of Christ, here’s a hard question we should ask ourselves: Are we demonstrating Galatians 5:22-23 in our relationship with our spouse and our kids?  

Are those relationships characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?  If not, perhaps it’s time to humbly come before God and ask him to change our hearts.

Here’s another question for you: are you keeping the lines of communication Open.  Some parents have a tendency to preach at their kids but never really listen to them.  

Our children (and especially our teenagers) need to know that they can talk to us about anything at all, even difficult issues like sex and drugs. They need to know that we’re truly interested in their lives, and that we’ll come alongside them when they are struggling or facing temptation.

I’ll share more ideas for Christian parents tomorrow.  

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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