Big Idea: God made us to image, or reflect Him.
Parents, I don't need to tell you that the culture is not your friend. Following Jesus and pursuing holiness will bring tension and rejection. It always has. But today's "woke" world and the ease of accessing ideas through the internet have exponentially increased the pressure on kids to conform. Entertainment companies are increasingly and openly promoting messages antithetical to Christian teaching and values. Christian identity is under a constant, unrelenting assault.
You must maintain a high level of vigilance to combat the schemes of the devil. Parents, here are some suggestion:
- See discipleship as a way of life, not a program.
- Redeem meal times. Pray meaningful mealtime prayers.
- Focus on Jesus and bring conversations back to the gospel.
- Stay informed. Know what your kids are watching and listening to.
- Personally, stay close to Jesus.
- Your children see what truly makes you happy. If you celebrate their sports or academic accomplishments but never speak to their spiritual growth, they notice. What gets rewarded usually gets repeated.
Bible Study on Identity:
Read Romans 5:5-21
- While we are made in the image of God, because of Adam's sin, we bear the brokenness of his transgression. Apart from Christ, how does this passage describe you?
- What does this passage tell you that Christ has done for you?
- Compare the free gift of God to the trespass of Adam. What similarities do you notice? What differences?
Read Ephesians 4:20-5:2
- What does it look like to live as an imitator of God?
- How is it possible for us to live out this calling?
- How does centering our identity in Christ provide stability to our sense of self, even as our seasons and circumstances change? What truths about our identity in Christ are unchanging?
- How have you seen change-sometimes difficult and unwanted-lead to God's transformation in your life? How has that at times been a difficult, but needed transformation?
- How will you live differently in light of your understanding that you are made in the image of God?