The Christ-Centered Family

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The Christ-Centered Family

At Abiding Word there are certain core values that guide everything we do. They spell out C.H.R.I.S.T.

Christ-Centered
High Expectations
Relationships
Integrity
Service
Teamwork

However, being Christ-centered is more than just what we want our school to be. We want the homes of our families to be Christ-centered as well. I want to share with you three ways that you can have Christ-centered homes. I will also share practical examples of how you can accomplish them.

Pray as a family

Over and over in the Bible, we are instructed to pray. Pray often. Pray persistently. Pray boldly. Jesus himself, on many occasions, takes time to pray. This first activity seems like a no-brainer, but so many times our homes and families have a dull, weak and meaningless prayer life. Prayer is the way we communicate with God, where we come to give praise, confess sins, ask for wisdom, thank the Lord for his blessings, and seek his guidance.

How could you do this?

  • Have a prayer board
  • Don’t skip prayers. Pray as a family before meals. Pray as a family before bed.
  • Pray out loud
  • Take prayer requests from your family
  • Let your kids pray – prayers to need to be fancy or long

Practice Forgiveness

When your children mess up (and they will), remember to share God’s forgiveness with them. Forgiveness does not release them from consequences, but forgiveness assures them that Jesus has taken away their sin.

How could you do this?

  • Don’t settle for “that’s okay.” If they share how sorry they are for their sin, let them know, “I forgive you. Jesus forgives you.”
  • Let them see forgiveness between mom and dad.
  • Talk about the difference between forgiveness and consequences.

Read and Talk about the Bible

The book of 2 Timothy teaches that the Bible “makes you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus…and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” So let’s read and talk about it in our homes. It doesn’t need to be a hour conversation. It could be 5 minute talk after supper or before bed.

How could you do this?

  • Pick a Psalm to read and talk about a week
  • Use a family devotion book
  • Ask what story they are learning about in school

If you have other ideas to share, please comment below. Let’s grow in grace and keep Christ at the center of our homes and families.

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