Certainly as a grandma (or grandpa/parent) you want the children and/or grandchildren you love to make the choice to believe in God, trust His Word and follow Jesus. This is why we hand down the faith - or why we are trying to learn how to hand down the faith. We know as we look at our lives and the scope of things where we are able to spend our time, handing down the faith is what truly matters
The bottom line is the Bible assumes moral and spiritual knowledge exist (see Hos. 4:1–6; Luke 1:1–4; Romans 1:19; 2:15; 1 John 5:13). But when Christians talk about this knowledge with our culture, our culture hears it as an individual taste, not as reality."
He goes on to say; "In order to build a strong and lasting faith, students need reasons, relationships and rhythms. These are the things we are able to directly influence. First, Gen Z needs reasons for faith: to know why they believe what they believe (see 1 Pet. 3:15). Apologetics is not optional.
Next, teenagers need wise relationships. Gen Z increasingly feels isolated and alone, but they hunger for real relationships. There are four strategic relationships we may help them cultivate: God, parents/(grandparents), mentors, and friends (see Prov. 13:20). I am convinced relationships are the most powerful shaping influence during the teenage years.
Last, students need rhythms to help them practice their faith. We become what we repeatedly do. Gen Z will not build a strong worldview if they never practice it."
Take a minute or two and read the full post, then pray about what you are able to do to help the teens (and children) you love learn the reasons for their faith (check out the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series which will help you teach the children you love the "whys" at this link.) Don't be intimidated by the word "apologetics" - it is just about knowing why you are able to believe what you believe. There are some wonderful sites with free information for you on apologetics check out . . . Josh McDowell's site, Answers in Genesis - just scroll down a bit and you will find excellent information about creation, animals, God, the Bible and more, CARM (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry), there's a wonderful article by Jerry Root on Christianity Today and check out bethinking - especially at this link and this link.
We do not have to have a degree in apologetics to hand down the faith, but we must teach the ones we love about why they are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. If we do not, it is entirely possible they will stumble and fall away from the truth as they grow older. Prepare them while they are young. Give them a strong foundation and confidence - it is part of handing down confident faith and it absolutely matters.
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