15 October 2018

Treasure the D6 moments!

Mel Lacy

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What, I hear you ask, is a D6 moment?

If you turn to Deuteronomy 6, you find an aspirational vision for parents charged with the spiritual nurture of their brood. It is concerned with the transmission of faith from one generation to the next. The ‘D6 moments’ are particularly detailed in verses 6-9:

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.​

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Moses clearly highlights to the Israelite people that the nurture and establishment of faith in children will only happen through careful, intentional, and regular discipleship. To translate that into 21st century life, he’s vigorously challenging the idea that an hour a week in Sunday School is sufficient to cultivate a robust, personal faith in children.

...the nurture and establishment of faith in children will only happen through careful, intentional, and regular discipleship.

Now, before you panic and buckle under the burden of responsibility, think about the D6 moments! Consider when those moments in your day to day life exist where you can simply talk to your children about the Lord Jesus? Over breakfast, on the school run, as you’re bringing them to swimming or ballet? Despite the excessive busyness of modern life there will always be precious moments available, if you are willing look for them. Whilst there’s always a need for formative, formal instruction, there’s just as great a need for informal whole-life discipleship to give children a vision of life that is consistently biblical and Christ orientated. Children need to understand how Christianity works, how it makes sense of the world around them, and how it orientates life and work and witness.

The D6 moments are great teaching opportunities but also significant testimonial opportunities. Children need to hear about your faith, your trust, your answered prayers, as well as your honest struggles. This combination of teaching and testimony is a perfect pairing in the task of discipling your children. So pray for and grasp those D6 moments!

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