Theme: Idolatry-Discerning: Be Different
Idols today are the things and people that we spend our time and money on instead of following God’s call to us to lead a Christian life. But it’s not enough to discern. We need to also be prophetic-speakers who, like the Old Testament prophets, call it like it is and point to others what needs to be done. Churches are supposed to be places that are counter-cultural and uncomfortable, with calls-to-action. How are we teaching our children that when you serve God that makes you different?
Read your family Bible regularly. Take turns reading and discuss what’s been read.
Teach your children to pray around the supper table, before bedtime and other key moments in the day. Encourage prayer in restaurants, in school and before important moments.
Sing. Sing often and loudly. Sing praise songs but also any great and wonderful song. People today see singing as a performance not as a spontaneous fun.
Watch movies, webcasts, and television together. Invite your child to sit with you and watch. Then talk about the movie and ask them questions about what they liked, disliked and thought was interested about the film. Share your ideas to model for your children what to say.
Engage in what’s good about the culture today and enjoy it. Ask questions. Make decisions. Figure things out together.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.