Parent Practices

Choosing Your Purpose and Priorities in Life

Q. How do I teach my teen that God has a plan for her and it is her duty to seek His will over anything else?

A. Read Matthew 22:37; Jeremiah 1:5; Exodus 20:3; Romans 8:27.

Read pages 104–8: Matlock, Mark. Raising Wise Children. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.

Q. My teen wants to have a secular job when he grows up. How do I teach him that he is still a “missionary” to those people at the workplace where God put him even though he may not be called to full-time ministry?

A. Read Colossians 3:23–24; Romans 12:6–8; Colossians 4:3–6; Matthew 22:36–40.

Read pages 7–8: Hemphill, Ken and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Training and Disciplining Your Teenager

Q. What exactly does the Bible say about parenting? Can I be my teen’s friend and a parent at the same time?

A. Read Proverbs 19:18; 22:6; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21.

Read pages: 28–32, 82–84, 91–92: Barna, George. Revolutionary Parenting. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2007.

Q. When my teen disobeys me or does something wrong, how important is it to implement logical consequences for her behavior?

A. Read 2 Thessalonians 3:10; Genesis 2:17; Galatians 6:7; Hebrews 12:11; Proverbs 29:17.

Read: pages 129–34: Moore, Walker. Rite of Passage Parenting. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Q. My teen has been dating and asking “how far can he go” regarding sex and other sexual activities. How do I biblically respond to that?

A. Read Exodus 20:14; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Corinthians 7:2; 6:16; 13:3–5; Hebrews 13:4.

Read pages 150–56: Ken Hemphill and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Living as an Adult Role Model

Q. I know I am supposed to be a spiritual leader to my teen, but should my daily activities besides praying and reading the Bible reflect my faith?

A. Read Colossians 3:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:7; Deuteronomy 6:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 5:1–2; 1 Timothy 4:12.

Read pages 92–94: Barna, George. Revolutionary Parenting. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2007.

Developing Your Teenager’s Worldview

Q. My teen is into watching movies and listening to music that have bad language and that have a negative influence on him. How do I help him realize it is important to make choices based on the Bible even on small things?

A. Read James 1:5; Isaiah 30:21; Ecclesiastes 11:9; Romans 14:12.

Read pages 30–31: Barna, George. Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2003.

Q. What exactly is biblical worldview? Is it applicable at all times?

A. Read Matthew 6:33; Ephesians 4:17–2; 1 Peter 1:14–15; Romans 12:2; John 16:13.

Read pages 28–31: Hemphill, Ken and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Read pages 53–55: Barna, George. Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2003.