Parent Conference Notes: Guidepost #2

The following is part two from my notes at the Engage Parent Conference that happened last Saturday.

Guidepost #2: A relevant parent is a Christ-Centered parent.

A parent and their children (and all people for that matter) are called to act as children of God. However, there is a difference in a parent’s role and a child’s role. Like what? Your kids are called to examine and learn about parenthood while you’re called execute and emulate parenthood principles. Where do those principles come from? The principles are outlined in the teaching presented in scripture and learned the examples given by God the Father.

Look at what the Bible says:

o James 1:16-18: “Don’t be misled… Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became His prized possession.
o 1 John 3:1: “See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are!
o Isaiah 33:6: “’He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is your key to this treasure.‘”

If you want to be a relevant parent, then you must execute and emulate God’s example of fatherhood in your life. It is your job to be the biblical example that you desire your student to follow.

The bible says in proverbs, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).

So I ask, “Where do you learn this training?”.

Well, if more is caught than taught, then you learn how to be relevant parent to your teenager by imitating how God the Father “parents” you.

So you ask, “What if you don’t know how God acts like a father?” or “How God is like a parent?”

I would suggest getting into the first five books of the Old Testament and the first four books of the New Testament. There we see how God the Father relates to His creation and how God the Son, Jesus, shepherds his disciples.

You have to get into the text (bible) to understand the concepts. The principles that Christ gives us don’t just seep through the binding into your hands. You have to become a student of the word and apply your knowledge. Christ must be the center of your life to impact those around you spiritually. You can not take someone where you have not yet already been yourself. If Christ isn’t the center of your life, then how can you expect Christ to be the center of your kids lives? Get to know God the Father, then imitate Him in your life to your family.

A Christ-centered parent is all about consistency and clarity. No spiritual highs or lows, just steady, consistent, and constant spiritual growth in your own life.

A relevant parent is a Christ-Centered parent.

Ask yourself: Is Christ the center of your life?

-jordan

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