The Next Step in Dedicating Your Child to God

The Next Step in Dedicating Your Child to God - Parenting Like Hannah

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Perhaps Hannah and other godly mothers in the Bible have been your role models for years. You have studied the Bible in your home with your child ever since you can remember. Your family is regularly involved in serving God in a variety of ways. You teach your child God’s principles and how to apply them on a daily basis. Maybe your child is already a baptized believer and is developing her own faith.

Part of dedicating your children to God is teaching them how to share God’s Words with others. If Christianity is to continue to be a living faith, then we and our children will have to really begin spreading God’s Words just like the church in the first century did. This summer, I am working with the children in our church to help them learn not only how the early church spread the Good News throughout the known world, but how they to can be missionaries now and in the future.

For the next nine weeks, I will give you a peek into our classes. We will share with you what we are teaching and the experiential ways we use to make the lessons memorable. Many of the things we do, you can replicate at home with your children. Or you may want to use them in a children’s Bible class. Space will not permit a detailed lesson plan, but feel free to contact me if you would like copies of them.

For now, I would encourage you to spend some time reading the book of Acts for yourself. Pray about your willingness to share God’s Words with others and how you can help your children do the same. Being a missionary takes courage. Being the parent of a missionary takes the kind of spirit Hannah had – a willingness to give the most important thing God has given you back to God.

Your child may never even travel outside of his hometown, but he can be a missionary even in the smallest village. The activities and lessons I will share with you this summer, can help you prepare him to share his faith with those he encounters here or abroad. So pull out your Bible and get ready for some Bible fun with your children this summer. Who knows how many people your children will help bring to God!

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)