The Faith 5

This Sunday at the 10:30 service we'll celebrate two rites of passage that look very different but have the same source. We'll baptize little Saryn, one of the newest members of the faith family at God's Grace. And our 8th graders will affirm the promises of their baptisms and commit to live as disciples of Christ.

On Sunday when little Saryn is baptized, her parents and we as a community of faith will promise to help her grow up as a Christian. How will we do that? Her parents will bring her to church, teach her to pray, put God's Word into her hands and heart and mind, help her live in community with other followers of Jesus. And we will be that community, we'll pray for Saryn and her parents, we'll help provide opportunities for her to grow in her faith.

A lot happens between baptism and affirmation of faith. With all the other demands on our time, how does a growing family stay connected with their faith at home? Here's one idea -- The Faith 5.

Whoever is going to bed first in your home calls “FAITH 5” or “Huddle Up!” Everyone must drop what they’re doing, turn off the television, put down the newspaper or their homework, set the cell phone on silence and gather in a room of the convener’s choice. Then take turns going through these five simple steps:

  • Share your highs & lows of the day

  • Read and highlight a verse of Scripture in your Bible

  • Talk about how your highs & lows relate to the Bible verse

  • Pray for your highs & lows, for one another, and for the world

  • Bless one another

You want a great relationship with your kids? You want openness, honesty, caring and sharing in your family? You want to raise a child to be a strong, thoughtful, empathetic, positive, healthy adult out in the world some day? You can’t buy that. You have to invest in it. And the investment is the most expensive currency you own – your TIME – aimed at that most precious young person in your life.

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. Be intentional. Be consistent. Be caring. Be the parent. Every night. Every home.

The church will be there for you, but the church can't be in every home every night. Only you can do this for your family.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Vikki wrote:
How would our world, our community, or our homes be a different place if we placed a priority on 5 minutes of our day to devote to those we live with and to God?

Sat, June 6, 2009 @ 8:45 AM

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