Rooting Our Children’s Identity in the Glory of God

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Oh that we might do this in increasing measure in our families!

From Dr. Paul Tripp:

What is theology? It is the study of God, his existence, his nature, and his works. It is God’s plan that the family function as a theological community. What this means is that the ultimate fact of family life is the fact that God exists and that we are his creatures. Everything we do, think, and say is attached to that reality. We must never allow ourselves to view life horizontally, that is, only in terms of earthly relationships and circumstances. We must always ask questions about God, his will, and his work no matter what the subject or situation being discussed.

The goal of all of this is to root our children’s identity in the existence and glory of God. We want them to understand that they were made by him, that they belong to him, and that they are called to live for his glory. We are called by God to do theology, that is, to live our lives with a moment-by-moment consciousness of God. He is the reality that gives sense and shape to every other fact we discuss and consider.

(Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, copyright© 2001, pages 54-55)

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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