Children in the Bible

God and the family of faith as active partners in parenting

Thomas C Hartley
Pastoral care of parents can effectively take place in a peer support group in which biblical models of Christian parenting are shared to help parents make a connection between faith and daily tasks of parenting. This project presents a six-week Bible study for parents in which group participants identify role models and biblical values, measuring them against formative family stories, and offer one another mutual support as Christian parents. Bible texts include Gen 1:26-31; Deut 6:4-13; Isa 46:1-13; 2 Sam 7:1-17; Lk 15:11-32; Rom 3:9-12,21-31; Gal 3:25-28; Phil 1:3-11. This six-week parent support group helps parents identify faith values, offer support to one another, and strengthen identity as Christian parents surrounded by a caring Christian community.
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