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Home Discipleship 101: I Don’t Have All The Answers

Being the primary spiritual influencers for our children can be a heavy burden to carry.  It can be very intimidating. What if they have a question that I can’t answer? Maybe you have thought this, or can at least sympathize. Well, here’s the good news. You don’t have to have all the answers.

I am a professional children’s minister. Some might consider me an “expert”. I would never claim that title, but it is what some people think. Unfortunately, this feeling that those of us in church leadership are the ”experts” can keep discipleship from happening at home. Well, here’s more good new:

I don’t have all the answers either.

The truth is that our kids don’t need us to have all the answers. In fact it is often better to help them work through these things for themselves. This is how they develop a faith of their own. When they come to you with a question that you can’t answer, TAKE them to the Bible. When we do this they learn that the Bible is where the answers are.

We lead our kids, not by giving them all the answers, but by helping them to find them, by finding the answers with them. We lead our kids by SHOWING them what it means to be a Godly man or woman, a Godly mother or father. This, too, can be intimidating, but don’t worry, they don’t expect us to be perfect. So, be encouraged. God has tasked you with being spiritual leaders for the kids that He has placed in your care, but He has and will give you the tools you need to do it.

Matt Norman

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I am a Christian, husband, father, pastor, church planter, nurse, and freelance writer.

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