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"I've never read a book on this subject with so many practical suggestions for bringing a Christian influence on your children." —Donald S. Whitney, author, Family Worship and Praying the Bible Discipling your family can feel like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming or complicated. With a simple plan in place, discipleship is something every parent can do. Pastors Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin have made it their mission to help you develop a sustainable rhythm of gospel-centered discipleship focused in three key areas: time, moments, and milestones. Filled with suggestions, sample plans, and Scripture references, this book begins with the end in mind—equipping you to create a unique plan for your family as you raise your children in the love and fear of the Lord.
There are literally thousands of books available on how to live various aspects of the Christian life. Of these, at least a couple of dozen pertaining to family life and child training are well worth reading. This is not one of those books. This book is designed to help you take those other books, as well as all the sermons, teachings, and exhortations you have received on child training and leadership in the home, and make sense of it all. Pastor Tad Thompson has assembled a biblical approach to effective family discipleship. Let him share it with you in this clear, encouraging, accessible book. This is not another book of tactics and techniques. It is a book of strategy for parents who want to be intentional about discipleship in the home.
The Family Discipleship Bible will help families like yours disciple their children-whether you are a single parent, blended family, new believer, or a mature, two-parent family. This book incorporates 34 thoughtfully-written, wonderfully-illustrated stories from the Old Testament, with each story weaving in questions and answers that teach key truths from the Bible. Each section can be used alongside the other sections or by itself. 3 Bible Sound Offs (Catechisms) will fill your child with sound, biblical truth. The Family Discipleship Bible: Old Testament also contains a collection of 50 verses turned into blessings any parent can pray over their children, along with a family dictionary, and more. Whether you have a newborn or a high school student, this book will enrich the spiritual life of your family.
God has mandated the transfer of his truth from one generation to the next. Because this transfer takes place primarily in the home, Voddie Baucham Jr. seeks to guide men in faithfully shepherding their families. Derived from Baucham’s monthly meetings with men in his church, Family Shepherds calls men to accountability for their God-given responsibilities as husbands and fathers. This book will inspire them to live better, love better, and lead better so that their families will thrive in every way. Baucham’s clear style and practical approach will help men protect their marriage, raise kingdom-minded children, value the synergy between church and home, and navigate difficult family dynamics. It will inspire them to carefully evaluate and live out their role in all areas of life. Family Shepherds is a book that every father needs and that every church will want as a resource for training the men in their congregations.
A survey of the Scriptures demonstrates that parents are commanded to disciple their children. A local church that is faithful to Scripture will communicate this biblical vision for family discipleship and equip its members to practice it. This project seeks to implement a ministry plan for a family discipleship model at The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas. Chapter 1 presents the history and ministry context of The Village Church and states the purpose and goals of this project. Chapter 2 provides an exegesis of 5 biblical passages (Deut 6:1-8; Ps 78; House Churches in Acts; Eph 6:4; Titus 2:1-6) arguing that God has instituted two disciple-making institutions—the family and the church. Chapter 3 examines historical foundations for family discipleship, presenting the family as an indispensable disciple-making institution. Chapter 4 describes the project itself, presenting the content and teaching methodology for the Home Group Family Discipleship Time training curriculum. Chapter 5 concludes with an evaluation of the project based upon completion of the specified goals. Ultimately, this project hopes to leverage the Home Group or Cell Group model of Christian formation as a vehicle to equip parents in Family Discipleship within the local church.
In Perspectives on Family Ministry, Timothy Paul Jones makes the case that every church is called to some form of family ministry—but what he means by "family ministry" isn’t simply one more program to add to an already-packed schedule! According to Jones, the most effective family ministries involve refocusing every church process to engage parents in the process of discipling their children and to draw family members together instead of pulling them apart. Jones sets the stage with introductory chapters on the historical contexts and foundations of family ministry. Then, three effective practitioners show clearly how your church can make the transition to family ministry. Paul Renfro (pastor of discipleship at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas) writes in favor of Family-Integrated Ministry, where the emphasis is on intergenerational discipleship. Brandon Shields (minister to high school students at Highview Baptist Church, a multi-site megachurch in Kentucky and Indiana) supports Family-Based Ministry—ministry that organizes programs according to ages and interests but also develops intentional activities and training events to bring families together. Jay Strother (minister to emerging generations at Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee) prefers Family-Equipping Ministry, maintaining age-organized ministry while reorganizing the congregation to call parents to become active partners in the discipleship of their children.
More teens are turning away from the faith than ever before: it is estimated that 75 to 88 percent of Christian teens walk away from Christianity by the end of their freshman year of college. Something must be done. Family Driven Faith equips Christian parents with the tools they need to raise children biblically in a post-Christian, anti-family society. Voddie Baucham, who with his wife has overcome a multi-generational legacy of broken and dysfunctional homes, shows that God has not left us alone in raising godly children. In his Word he has given us timeless precepts and principles for multi-generational faithfulness. Baucham’s celebrated guide for godly, healthy families is now available in paperback, with study questions added. Parents will find this a critical resource for the spiritual nourishment and protection of the next generation.