Family Faith

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Some of the following information was taken from an article in Family Faith magazine.

 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:6)

Less than half of American adults believe Jesus Christ lived a sinless life while He was on earth, according to the Barna Group.  Only tow-thirds of those who claim to be “born-again” strongly believe Jesus was sinless.  More than ever, parents need to teach their children who Jesus is and what His life has to do with theirs.

Contrary to what many believe, Jesus was not an imperfect man who simply offered good moral teachings.  He is Lord of the universe, and He wants to be Lord of our lives.  Our children may hear the phrase “Christ is Lord” on a regular basis.  But do they understand the meaning of those words?

First the word Christ means “Messiah.”  Simply put, Jesus Christ in the flesh.  He came in human form, lived a sinless life, and allowed Himself to be sacrificed to save us from sin and death.

John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Romans 6:23;  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Second, the word Lord means “ruler.”  Christianity teaches that we have been purchased at the high price of Christ’s sacrifice.  Our lives no longer belong to us, but God.  As the Bible explains, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)  So we proclaim “Christ is Lord” to acknowledge that we willingly submit to Jesus as the rightful ruler of our lives.

The Scriptures describe Jesus Christ as Lord over everything : “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”  (Romans 11:36) But we need to guide our children from mere verbal affirmation and head knowledge to a true heart connection .

In today’s day and age, we must talk to our children about everything.  We can not leave it up to chance.  If we don’t tell our kids about certain issues like sex…they WILL learn it from somewhere, such as the school bus.  Wouldn’t it be better for them to hear about how sex can be a beautiful thing between a man and a woman inside the bonds of marriage, a Godly marriage?  In the same way who better to teach our children about a God that loves them so much that He virtually gave the life of His only Son to save us from eternity in hell.

We not only need to teach our children about a loving God who wraps His arms around them and comforts them in times of need.  But we also need to teach our children about a God who is awesome God who inspires us to respect Him in a fearful way.  A God who allows us to choose to follow Him instead of making us robots.  He does however require us to follow His commandments and our children need to be taught those commandments and how to follow them.  We need to teach them HOW to have a relationship with Jesus…not just know who He is.  Maybe…just maybe…it might save them a lot of heartache in their lives.

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