I grew up in a Christian home and my parents instilled a strong sense of God in my life. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was very young, went to church almost every Sunday, was involved in youth group and later taught Sunday school. As a young mother, I began attending a community Bible study, and it was there that my faith began to develop and I began to see God work in exciting and powerful ways.
People who own their faith follow Jesus not because their parents, pastor, youth pastor, and friends do or because other people expect them to. They follow Jesus because they themselves have a personal, thriving, passionate, serious, genuine relationship with Jesus. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." When we discover that God wants to be real in our lives, To own our faith means to understand that knowing Jesus is worth more than anything else in life. Do you own your faith?
Ask your teen...
Do you own your faith?
Challenge your teen...
Try to speak from your heart and tell someone what you believe.
Draw a timeline and use words or doodles to describe your faith at different points in your life. Notice the changes in your faith. What experiences have made it stronger?
God, be present in every part of my life. Give me wisdom and understanding to discover for myself your goodness and love. Guide me in my journey, in Jesus' name. Amen.
CORNERSTONE AT HOME is a blog that shares what is being covered each week at Wed. Night Youth Group and other resources to support you as you intentionally shape your child's faith.