Faith Formation

dinnerOne of the main tenets of the Church is that the home is the primary agent of faith formation. Scripture tells us:

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:7-8

And it is something that Martin Luther urged strongly and the reason why he wrote the Small Catechism.

So how are we to go about that in our busy lives?

One suggestion is right there in the Scripture. Do it “when you rise” and “when you lie down.” Gather together as a family in the morning and before bedtime to pray and read Scripture and talk about how God helped you through the day and how God will give you strength for the day ahead.

Another idea was lived out by Martin Luther himself. He engaged in Table Talk, discussions about religious matters around his dinner table with family and friends. Having a time of prayer and a devotion at supper time is key to maintaining an acknowledgment of the importance of keeping the faith. Our souls need to feed on the Word, just as our bodies need nourishment from food.

Regular attendance at worship as a family is crucial when there are so many other activities begging for our attention. When the whole family goes to church together, it is a testament to the fact the we are in this Christian faith together. We are members of a genetic family, but we are also members of a spiritual family called the Church. And spending time with our brothers and sisters in the Christ is just as important as spending time as a nuclear family.

Putting up a cross on the wall of your home or plaques with Bible verses is another way for families to be reminded of their grounding in the life of Christ as they pass through the halls of the home.

In whatever you do as a family, keep thinking of ways to incorporate your faith into your family life. Our heavenly Father will bless it.

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