What if we could see ourselves as temporary stewards of the greatest vessels of godly potential...the next generation? What if we raise our kids to not merely survive the world but to change the world? For this to be possible, we as parents, grandparents, and families must live, speak, and re ect gospel truths in our home.
Open: Have you ever taught a child something new? What was the process that caused the child to grasp the information?
Read: Deuteronomy 6; Joshua 2:6-10; Psalm 78:1-8; Ephesians 6
1. As you consider the reduction of Christian morality and ethics in our society, what role do you believe parents play? How does culture and society de ne a success? How about the Church? What do you see as successes in training the next generation? Failures? Why do you believe so many youth that grow up in the church walk away in their young adult years?
2. What commands stand out to you regarding God’s call for Israel to train the next generation? As believers in this generation, what does this call look like today? List a few ways we can engage the next generation better:
3. What do you view as the greatest hindrances to the next generation’s grasp of Christian living? What role should discipline play in parenting? Describe the Biblical discipline in the lives of the next generation:
4. How do you view your role in training the next generation? What new commitments do you need to make in accomplishing this goal? What changes are needed in your home to raise the next generation?
Pray: Pray that you would be diligent to train the next generation in the truths of Scripture. Pray speci cally for those whom God has put in your path (children, grandchildren, family, and/ or friends).
Memorize/Meditate: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5