JOHN 15:4-9

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love." 

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In the word

Leaders, lead out of the love they have received, and are receiving, and not by anything else. A leader 

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In Community

As believers in Christ we are now members of one another. Thus, our family schedules, and time spent with other believers are dependent upon our parental guidance. Our kids need to see parents who meet with other brothers and sisters in Christ, who have spiritual conversations, confess sin to each other, and spur each other on to love and good works. By our love for the body of Christ our kids will know we are Christians. One of the best ways of ensuring Christian community in your life is to become a member of a church and join a small group. 

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On mission

Our kids will grow up watching us either accept the world, reject the world or seek to redeem the world. Don't rely on a Pastor or Sunday School teacher to plan missions for your family. One trip a year is not a life on mission. How you pursue and seek to build relationships and make disciples with your neighbors, within your city, and around the world will be the primary example your child has of the reality of Christ in your life. If we are in Christ we ARE already on mission, here are some helpful resources for your family in discerning how to reach your neighbors, our city, and the world.