While the primary responsibility to teach your child about God is yours, the importance of a church community to keep your child’s faith strong (and yours, too!) cannot be overstated. Here’s why:
First, when the importance of gathering with God’s people becomes replaced with the importance of sports, recreation, or something else, kids learn to worship those things rather than God. You’re effectively teaching your child, “We worship soccer (or baseball, or cheerleading, or…) most of all.” I’m not talking about occasionally missing church, but rather, consistently making choices where other things come first. You can’t make church a second-place priority, then scratch your head in confusion when your college-aged kid stops going to church.
Second, when your child reaches the teen years, parental influence often takes a back seat, for a time. You need other godly people to speak into, and influence, your child’s life. Your child needs godly friends. Your child needs wise, loving, godly mentors. The best place to find what your child needs is church.
If you want to keep your child’s faith strong, find a healthy, life-giving, Bible-teaching, Christ-centered church, and go on a regular basis. And make church days fun! You want your kids to have happy memories associated with God and God’s people. It’s a habit that will reap benefits for years to come.
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