Forming Faith in the Home

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Forming faith in the home is all about eating, sleeping, chatting, working, chilling, having fun, and spiritual observances like praying, reading the Bible, and attending a local church. These habits create a safe bubble that shields your family against the chaos of a crazy world – what American theologian James Fowler calls a “coherent orientation.” Basically, your family needs a system and structured environment where family faith can form.

Rituals, routines and rhythms in the home.

If your children’s faith is going to develop, you need a game plan. According to the Catholic author Leif Kehrwald, a family requires “ritual, routine and rhythm.” So, keep it real. If your home is in constant chaos, your children are in survival mode. But with some order in the house, they start thinking about their feelings and who they are – critical factors in their faith development.

Children are more likely to reflect on their feelings and identity if there's order in the home – a critical factor in faith development. Click To Tweet

Consumerism is the party crasher. Why? Because the rituals, routines, and rhythms needed for family faith don’t fit with the idea that happiness depends on getting more stuff. This is a heads up – if you want to nurture your family’s faith for generations to come, you must resist the pull of consumerism.

Importance of traditions and welcoming Jesus.

Now, let’s talk content. Family life requires more than daily routines and physical structures. It’s got to have meaning. Take the 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof” – tradition gave Tevye and his family the strength to face tough times. Likewise, how you deal with things in the family either builds up or breaks down faith. When life throws curve balls, see them as opportunities for faith to flourish (cf. James 1:2-3).

But it’s not just about meaning; you also need substance (aka presence) for faith to grow. Who’s in charge of your house? When Jesus is Lord – when you welcome Him, faith takes off.

When Christ’s existence is welcomed, He permeates the home, and faith thrives. Click To Tweet

Information is another critical factor. Check what your children are learning, both inside and outside the home. Pastor and author Voddie Baucham says, “We must … place our children in situations that will aid them in meditating on the law of the Lord ‘day and night.’ Surely, this involves how and where they are to be educated. We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.”

A common expression in the early church was “to learn Christ.” How children are educated advances or retards their faith development. So, teach your children who Jesus is and how to live by diving into the Bible daily.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

It’s conviction time!

Faith in the home blossoms in the soil of firmly held beliefs. Click To Tweet

Faith in the home needs solid beliefs. Your faith sets the tone for your children. If you’re all in, your children usually want to know Jesus too. Data from the National Study of Youth and Religion indicates that parents who say their faith is “extremely important” are more likely to see their children have high levels of faith. But if you’re wishy-washy about God’s Word, your children may reject your faith and leave the church.

So, choose wisely what your family is all about. What do you place your faith in? Who will you serve? (cf. Joshua 24:15). Are the things your family lives for worthy of what Christ died for? If it is, you’re on the right track; if not, it will put the brakes on meaningful faith formation in your home.

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