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I want my children to have eternal life Ruth Baker

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he day I realised my kids might not go to heaven was the

day I became preoccupied with creating space for God to do his work in them. As a single mum, I want to ensure my children have a strong spiritual base because the statistics are sobering. The latest report prepared for Youthworks in 2018, based on National Church Life Survey data, identified that 78 per cent of respondents became Christian before the age of 20. INFLUENCE OF PARENTAL FAITH IN RESPONDENTS WHO BECAME CHRISTIAN BEFORE THE AGE OF 20 Source: Youthworks, 2018 (based on NCLS data)

Families with two parents who are active Christians must ask how they can optimise their influence in their child’s faith. Outside of both parents in the home and both active Christians, the data shows a decreasing degree of influence with only one parent an active Christian. Other questions arise for families where there is only one believing parent, or in single-parent homes. How can a mother take a spiritual lead without emasculating the father and alienating him from the faith also? How does one parent compensate for the lack of the other in single-parent homes? How can our churches help all families to have a positive influence on their children’s faith?

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Reports prepared over the past two decades display similar results, but we shouldn’t put too much faith in statistics. There isn’t enough data and numbers by themselves don’t give us context. A PARENT’S INFLUENCE IS CRUCIAL The data does tell us that the influence of parents on future faith is crucial. Of those that became Christian before age 20, 76 per cent became Christian with one or both parents as active believers. It is up to God whether they take the step of faith, but we are an instrument through whom God works. The statistics show us we need to be aware of the extent of our influence as parents. SouthernCross 

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