Are you looking for a Jesus centered Bible Study on parenting? Do you want to share the joy and peace of faith as you raise your kids?
Then the Parenting in Christ Bible Studies are for you!
Jesus told us, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful” John 14:27.
Some parenting books just dole out rules & formulas. Not Parenting in Christ. We aren’t supposed to follow rules, we’re supposed to follow Jesus.
The Parenting In Christ bible studies value the words and life of Jesus over any other teaching or personal opinions about what makes a good parent.
If you want to know what God says about how you should live and lead as a parent, then go straight to the Word of God!
Parenting Bible Study Guides
While I wholeheartedly recommend reading the bible directly, sometimes it’s hard to figure out themes and applications. That’s where these bible study guides come in handy. Even better, they have challenging questions and discussion points to help you really chew on the scriptures and figure out how to live them in the way you parent!
The following gospel centered bible study discussion guides narrow in on the character, life, and teachings of Jesus. These studies do not give a long list of of do’s and don’ts. Instead they challenge you to think deeper about the how and why you parent the way you do. Does it align with Jesus?
Parenting Bible Verses
While these bible study guides do have a great deal of bible verses and entire stories directly from scripture, there are some key verses that guide the course of all that’s in them. Here are the core parenting bible verses for the Parenting In Christ series.
“You fathers, don’t provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4,World English Bible).
“For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined” (Titus 1:7-8).
“For to us a child is born. To us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.” (John 1:18).
“If you knew me, you would know my Father also” (John 8:19).
“The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9, HCSB).
“All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him” (Colossians 2:3).
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).
What You Gain From Studying Parenting
Sometimes we have this sense that parenting is “all natural” and intuitive. But that’s not necessarily true for everyone. You may come from a troubled childhood and don’t want to repeat the parenting you experienced. Or maybe it was good, but there’s just a few things that weren’t quite right and you don’t know what that is.
For those who’ve gone through these particular parenting bible studies, many have found benefits beyond feeling more encouraged and equipped. You too, may find that it helps you understand and process your past. You may find that what you learn challenges you in your Christian living. Some have even commented that these lessons have made a difference in their marriages.
I’ll Let You In On A Little Secret
These studies weren’t written thinking exclusively about the parent child relationship. They were written thinking about discipleship, close relationships, and the many roles we find ourselves in.
The parent child relationship is complex. You are a teacher, leader, example, a loved one, mentor, and so much more. Many of your words will become their inner voice. Your attitudes, actions, and character will leave an indelible imprint for the rest of your child’s life.
I know how busy mom life is, so each guide is divided into 10 short lessons to fit your busy schedule. They work well for group discussions or as a devotional.
Super busy? Not a fan of reading?
What the Bible Says About Parenting
Unfortunately, some of have cherry picked a few verses to support already established ideas about how to parent. That’s not what I’ve done with Parenting in Christ. The first book, Parenting in Christ: Treasures for Parenting From Jesus has over 300 bible verses in less than 50 pages.
It can be a bit dense for some, but if a broad base of scripture is what you’re looking for, you will find it here.
Lessons from the Parables, the second book, focuses entirely on the Parables Jesus told. Scripture leads the way, in what is probably a more easy to digest bible study guide. I tried to keep it especially simple and more geared to the new Christian. As the parables are rich with meaning, a seasoned Christian is sure to find treasures there as well. Growing in Christ is the companion guide for teens and each week’s lesson matches up with the lesson in the adult guide.
To be honest, my personal favorite is the last one, Parenting in Christ: Training in the Disciplines of Jesus. It’s a very practical book that is intended for a little bit more seasoned Christian. It focuses on developing practices that encourage spiritual growth.
The Best Parenting Book For You
Which one is right for you? Depends on where you are and what you are looking for. Any of the above books might be better for you in this moment. Or maybe you’d like one of those parenting books that tells you exactly what to do. Sometimes those are very handy. These books aren’t that.
Grace Based Parenting
Grace based parenting has been a growing in response to the authoritarian parenting movement. It’s aligned with positive parenting, gentle parenting, and attachment parenting. You motivate growth in our little ones through relationship (like Jesus) rather than by brute force (like the world).
Unfortunately, some of the other books that are out there, like “Grace Based Parenting” can’t seem to fully let go of all the old ways. They try to pour new wine into old wineskins by putting limits on grace. I don’t believe true grace can have limits.
While parenting with grace, yes, we give and hold limits, boundaries, and allow natural or logical consequences. Permissiveness is not loving. But there are no limits to grace. There is no point at which we can say, “Well, grace and mercy – unless… except for… “
Grace has no limits.
Unbounded grace closes the door on judgement and punishment, and opens up the way for parents to truly focus on helping their child grow into the person God made them to be. It changes your child’s motivation from fear to love – just as Christ did for us.
No Formulas, Just Jesus
Please don’t think I have it all together or have all the answers just because I put together these guides. I fail all the time. Thank God that I too receive his grace and mercy.
These studies were put together with a great deal of prayer, time in the bible, and lessons from sermons. Small groups of bible studies and church leaders reshaped these lessons for more clarity and accuracy.
These study guides don’t hand out rules and formulas for churning out a churchy child. They point out guideposts and lamp lights from scripture.
One of the best things to happen in the moms groups who’ve done these studies is that they report back feeling more peaceful and confident. That’s the power of grace and trust in Christ to do the work. He said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful” John 14:27.
Not sure where to start? Try
Parenting In Christ: Lessons From The Parables,
written including scripture from the Easy to Read (ERV) version of the Bible.