Faith at Home
Parenting is an amazing privilege, but can be a hard slog. On this page there are resources to help you help your family thrive and to help families to grow in faith together. We will be continuing to add to these resources.
"Write these [laws/ truths] on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates." Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (MSG)
The word of the year for the Oxford Dictionary for 2016 was post-truth.
The definition of this is: ‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.‘
However bizarre we might find a post-truth society as a concept, this is the world in which our families are growing.A society where learned information is just not as valuable as experience, where people want to be part of something rather than to hear about something. How can we as parents help our family to have God’s truth in our hearts (like in Deuteronomy)? What does it look like for my family to live in the knowledge of who God is and what He thinks about us, when truth is such a tricky concept?
As parents we need to help our children to experience God together with us.
We must find space for our family to encounter and to be transformed by Jesus in our everyday lives,. This is how truth will be lived out, will be realised, and it’s truly thenfollowing God’s instruction through the book of Deuteronomy - to make sure He is in every aspect of our lives.
We need to help our family to live a good story. To live a story that is better because Jesus is in it.If I want to share a good story with my child and live in it with him, then I need to share my faith with him, and have a shared encounter with him.I don’t want him to have ‘stock answers’ to questions about faith, what I desire is for him to have a language of faith, for him to be able to explain the transformation that has occurred in his life, because it was personal to him.I desperately want my child to know who God is for himself because he experiences him everyday.
We can talk about prayer with our children until we’re blue in the face but if children never see us/ experience us praying, then how will they see the value in it? We can talk about the love of God or the forgiveness of God, or we can live out the extravagant love of God or the unending forgiveness of God with others. The story of our life as a family needs to be full of God in everyday, and seeing him at work when we have a big family argument, or when we go out on a walk as a family - how do we work out forgiveness? How do we show love in the midst of turmoil? What we say is secondary to what we do as parents.
We need to help our family to live the best story possible - the story of a life with Jesus everyday.
We hope that we will be beginning to help parents across Birmingham to figure out what this looks like for them.