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This topic is adapted from the Bryan & Tracy Dwyer YouTube channel.

Bryan and Tracy’s daughter is going off to college soon. Find out more about how to transfer your values to your kids as they grow up.

[Related: Christians at College]

Video Highlights:

  • Parents should start thinking about and talking about their kids’ faith long before dropping them off at the university dorm. College can be a difficult time both in life and in the faith lives of people.
  • Our goal as parents is to get our kids to go “full circle” as followers of Jesus. They should trust Jesus for salvation, honor God with how they live their lives, and help others to pursue God by making disciples and helping other Christians learn to make disciples. This will help your kids have a faith in Jesus that will go the distance.
  • One way Bryan has helped his daughter is by encouraging her to start a student group so she can help others pursue God. This is because they don’t want her to be a “consumer Christian” because “consumers” often don’t end up internalizing their faith and truly following Jesus Christ. Everyone needs to get in the game by pursuing God for themselves and helping others do the same.
  • Helping others pursue God is an untapped resource in helping current believers to grow and mature in the Christian faith.

[Related: The Christian Student’s Survival Guide]

One big reason so many Christian kids fall away from faith in college is because they are not truly rooted in Jesus Christ. By taking ownership of their faith as teens, your kids will be better equipped to weather the challenges that come on university campuses and in the working world.

Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. “One big reason so many Christian kids fall away from faith in college is because they are not truly rooted in Jesus Christ.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
  4. Have you ever thought about or talked about how your kids are going to live out their relationship with God as they continue to grow and mature? What are some decisions you’ve made or potential challenges you see on the horizon?
  5. Do you think your kids’ faith will weather the storms of a university campus or the working world? What can you do now to start preparing them?
  6. In what ways does helping others pursue God grow and mature us as believers? How can it help your kids grow and mature as believers?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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