Christian Parenting – Raising Your Kids to Be Lifelong Believers

Parenting and Apologetics

How is Christian parenting related to apologetics? In this post, my friend, Sarah Ankenman, talks about raising your kids to be life-long believers in Christ. And she explains why both mom and dad need to be equipped to defend the faith.

Sarah’s the President of the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA). She blogs at http://valleygirlapologist.blogspot.com/

Guest Post from the Valley Girl Apologist

The International Society of Women in Apologetics just released their new curriculum. I know what you are thinking: “So what?” Well, I’ll tell you what. It’s time for women to get equipped—no ifs, ands, or buts.

I’ll be honest. When I first started ISWA, I felt called to youth ministry. I didn’t know what I was doing, starting an apologetics ministry geared towards women when I really wanted a ministry like Brett Kunkle’s or Sean McDowell’s.

But you know what I realized the more I spoke with teens? That by the time they get to high school, we have already lost them. And there are too many of them for the burden to rest solely on men like the ones mentioned above. Youth pastors are not responsible for teaching your kids why they should be Christians. That’s right, you heard me.

The Task of Christian Parenting

It’s your job, Mom and Dad, and nobody else’s. And that means that you both need to be equipped for that job. There are plenty of apologetics materials out there for Dad, but Mom needs something that equips her heart, mind, and soul, as well.

Proverbs 22:66 says to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is older, he will not depart from it. The NIV says to “start” children off in the way they should go. This implies you are the beginner of the path your child will eventually take and stay on as an adult, so shouldn’t you be giving them everything they will need to be successful in staying on that path?

Just Imagine…

Imagine if parents sat down with their kids and their homework and textbooks, and explained to them how Christian apologists have already dismantled the humanistic theories and arguments proposed in their textbooks, and exposed the reality that many atheists willingly ignore good evidence.

Imagine if that lasted throughout their junior high and high school years. Who do you think the kid would be calling for answers to questions he has about what his Atheistic professor is teaching at college? Wouldn’t it be awesome if it was Mom and Dad instead of the professor?

Basic Training

However, you must be equipped yourself in order to equip your kids. Otherwise, how will you know how to recognize faulty reasoning and bad science in your kid’s textbook if you don’t know what they are for yourself?

ISWA U is free and available to any woman that has the desire to equip her children to become life-long believers. Study to show yourself approved, and train up your child in the way he should go, and when he is older, God promises that he will not depart from it. Can you think of anything be better (or more important) than knowing for sure you will spend eternity with your children?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Women In Apologetics

Sarah Ankenman and the team at ISWA help Christian women to confidently answer tough questions about the faith. I’m excited about what my sisters are doing to contend for the faith, equip the saints, and advance the cause of Christ in today’s world.

Check out the free resources on ISWA U.

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10 Responses to “Christian Parenting – Raising Your Kids to Be Lifelong Believers”

  1. Lisa October 31, 2011 8:36 AM
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    AMEN! This is one of the reasons why we homeschool — AND —- believe it or not, we have had to sit down with our Christian curriculum and explain things to our children that doesn’t line up with scripture. It’s quite a good excercise in discernment!!

  2. Lisa October 31, 2011 9:01 AM
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    Of course, equip your children to defend their faith. But do not equip in order to send them to a pagan, humanistic, government school. God commands Christians to train up a child in the way he should go and to do this continually. Children are to be given a Christian, Biblical worldview. This CANNOT be done in accordance with scripture when they are being sent to a place that daily teaches them their anti-Christian agenda. It is time we stopped pretending that the government schools are in any way a viable option for Christian parents.

  3. Karin November 2, 2011 12:19 AM
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    Could not find the link to the cirriculum mentioned in your blog post. Can you provide the link please?

    Thanks, Karin

  4. Apologetics Guy November 2, 2011 9:14 AM
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    Hi Karin,

    Go to http://womeninapologetics.com/ and mouseover the ISWA U tab. You’ll see a dropdown menu of titles:

    1. Truth http://womeninapologetics.com/?page_id=926
    2. Creation and the Existence of God http://womeninapologetics.com/?page_id=456
    3. Jesus http://womeninapologetics.com/?page_id=932
    4. Evangelism http://womeninapologetics.com/?page_id=939

    Hope that helps!

    -Mikel

  5. Amanda Beth January 3, 2012 7:18 PM
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    Great message! The best way to train our children is to allow God to work in our lives. Our actions speak louder than words. My ten-year-old daughter recently asked me if she could be baptized. When I asked why she wanted to be baptized she said because of the miracles God has done in our family. She sees God working in our lives, so there’s no doubt in her mind that God’s Word is true.
    Thanks for the resource links. Blessings to your ministry:)

  6. Tope December 26, 2012 2:00 PM
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    The bible says teach a child in the way he should go and when he grows old he will not depart from it.

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