Living as a Sent Family
Living as a Sent Family
As the “Sent” sermon series continues, R-kids Discipleship Co-op would love to come alongside parents through resources and events to help teach our children how to be a “sent” people for God’s kingdom! Together we will learn how God grows and builds His church and what it looks like to embrace our calling as missional families.
It is so easy to use my kids and the busyness they bring as an excuse to not serve my neighbors or reach out to unbelievers in my life. Sometimes it seems easier to serve while our kids are in school, when someone can watch the littles, or just wait for a new season of life when the kids are grown. Instead, what if we saw this season in a new light. God calls us to be “sent” in every season. I know it doesn't sound easy, but what if we brought our children with us as an opportunity to teach them, and help them grow as we share the gospel and serve those in need.
Here are some practical suggestions on how to live as a “sent” family:
-Jesus first: Talk about your love for Jesus, who Jesus is and what He came to do. Be encouraged by Deuteronomy 6: 5-9:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 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…You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Express your trust in the Lord to your children, and that He has all of us right where we need to be. It is most likely that God called you to Tacoma or surrounding area for a reason, and that is to share the gospel and be His witness to those in your life.
-Pray for the lost and hurting with your children: Pick one person in your life to focus praying for, or have your child think of one person. Use prayer language that helps your children learn to think sent. For example: “God help us be witnesses to ___ and to love them like you. Help us to share the gospel and your word with others daily.”
-Meeting needs in community or worldwide: When you enter people’s lives, it doesn’t take long to see a need or a way you can serve them. Help your kids to see that they are sent by God to be a light everywhere they go. This idea of sent can feel like a journey - help them see that it is as easy as taking your neighbor a meal, helping your friends with their lawn or spending time with someone who is lonely and needs Jesus and community. You may also want to find a local organization that helps those in need and go pick up supplies with your children and drop them off together.
The mission doesn’t stop at our street corner or our city limits. Living sent means we can help people near and far. Many of you may support missionaries financially- invite your children in on this; teach them about the mission and why you support it, and let them know you give money and encourage them to give as well. You could even sponsor a child together through Compassion International, a program that gives your child an opportunity to exchange letters and pictures with another child, allowing your child to connect in a fun and deeper way.
-Read to your child about missionaries and life in other countries: Check out biographies from your library. “The stories of Hudson Taylor, Adoniram Judson, William Carey, Gladys Aylward, and other missionary pioneers are captivating ways to orient a child’s heart on the most important things in life.” 1 Read children’s maps and geography books so they can get familiar with the world around them. (See below for a suggested booklist).
As the weeks go on during the Sent series, the R-kids team is excited to partner with you to be missional and also help you practice these acts at home with your families. God does not want believers to follow Jesus alone. He gives us brothers and sisters of faith who can help us love God, obey God, and tell others about Him.
We would love to hear from some of our families at Resurrection Church. What do you do in your home to be a missional family?
We grow and learn from each other, please comment below. We would love to hear from you!
Below are some additional resources that we hope will encourage you and your family as you live as a sent family, on mission for Christ:
https://www.imb.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Kids-Reading-List.pdf -click for reading list and printable checklist and book mark.
https://readaloudrevival.com/48-2/ -click here and see suggested reading under the transcript of podcast. Listen to the podcast too- Sarah Mckenzie is great!
https://www.compassion.com - Sponsor a child through compassion international.
Suggestions from John Piper’s Desiring God:
Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).