Stepping Forward: Part 4: Faith and Parenting

Good morning, church. Today, we gather to explore profound truths about parenting—a divine commission endowed upon us with both immense joy and great responsibility. We’re talking about “Stepping Forward in Faith and Parenting,” aiming to uncover how our roles as parents echo the heart of God’s purpose for our lives and our families.

In today’s world, where the role of parenting can often feel undervalued amidst numerous societal pressures, the Bible offers us timeless wisdom that not only uplifts but also empowers us to raise the next generation of believers. As we dig into these holy teachings, let’s allow God’s Word to reshape our understanding and enhance our practices in the art of Christian parenting.

Big Idea

“As we nurture our children, so we shape the future of the church and society—parenting with purpose under the guidance of Scripture not only transforms our homes but also the world.”

The Vital Foundation—The Influence of a Godly Marriage on Parenting

A strong, godly marriage sets the tone for the entire home. The quality of the marital relationship deeply influences children’s understanding of love, commitment, and conflict resolution. Ephesians 5:33 states, “Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Children observe and absorb the dynamics between their parents, which profoundly shapes their expectations and behaviors in their own future relationships.

The atmosphere of the marital relationship sets a tone for the entire home. High-conflict marriages often result in emotional and social challenges for children, whereas a loving and respectful partnership provides a stable environment for children to thrive. The impact of this cannot be overstated; as Dr. John Gottman notes, “Children raised in loving environments are more likely to attain stable and fulfilling adult relationships.”

A marriage grounded in Christ is a powerful testimony to the efficacy of faith. 1 Peter 4:8 reminds us, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’” Spouses who pray and worship together lay a spiritual foundation that benefits the entire family, fostering a home where faith is lived and cherished.

Proverbs 31:28-29 praises the godly wife and mother, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.’” Similarly, the father’s role as a spiritual leader is highlighted in Ephesians 6:4, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Both roles are crucial; mothers and fathers alike must embrace their duties to spiritually guide and nurture their children.

Biblical Principles of Parenting – Teaching and Discipline Rooted in Love

Proverbs 22:6 instructs, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This directive calls parents to a proactive role in their children’s spiritual education. This involves intentional teaching through words and deeds that consistently reflect biblical values.

Discipline, when administered in love, fosters wisdom and righteousness. Hebrews 12:11 elucidates, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” This verse encourages parents to view discipline as a necessary, formative part of child-rearing, aimed at guiding children toward mature Christian conduct.

Nurturing Faith from Infancy

Creating a faith-filled environment is crucial. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 commands, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” This passage highlights the everyday opportunities parents have to instill faith in their children, making God’s Word a constant and comforting presence in their lives.

Recognizing and nurturing each child’s unique spiritual journey is essential. C.S. Lewis aptly put it, “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” Each child’s faith path can strengthen not just their own spiritual life but also enrich the family’s collective faith experience.


As we step forward in faith and parenting, let us embrace our divine call to raise godly children who are equipped to face the world with courage, integrity, and faith. May our homes become beacons of Christ’s love, and may our parenting reflect His grace and truth in every word and deed. Amen.

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