April 30, 2016 | by: Michael Shafran | 0 comments
God has ordained the family: fathers, mothers, and children. That is God's design. And while it is important, even vital, that families are part of a local gospel-believeing church, much of the training and instruction that children are to learn about God and the gospel are to occur in the home.
Consider what God told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6:4-9:  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV).
Notice the parents were to teach these things "diligently to your children" and were to talk about the LORD and His ways continually throughout the day v. 6.
The apostle Paul says that it is the father's responsibility to "not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4 ESV).
Due to various circumstances, not all children have the same family unit. Perhaps a child is being raised by a mother and/or a grand mother. This was the case with young Timothy, Paul's successor. It was through Timothy's grandmother, Lois and mother, Eunice that he was "acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make [him] wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15 ESV).
Leading your family in devotions to the Lord can be challenging thing to do. So here are my top 5 resources (in no particular order) that are very helpful for family devotions.
Equips parents to guide their young children through all major doctrines in an understandable, chapter-a-day format.
Sure, it's easy to teach your children the essentials of Christian theology when you're a theology professor. But what about the rest of us? With Big Truths for Little Hearts, Bruce Ware, (you guessed it!) a theology professor, encourages and enables parents of children 6 - 14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology at a level their children can understand. Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.
The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their children's primary faith trainers and perhaps learn a few things themselves along the way.
You can purchase this resource HERE
Easy-to-Use Devotional Helps Parents Share the Living Gospel Story!
Old Story New makes it easy for parents to stay on the life-giving course of sharing the gospel with their family. This second volume in Marty Machowski’s family devotional series, Old Story New continues the gospel story begun in the Old Testament devotional, Long Story Short. Using the same effective ten-minute-a-day structure, it connects children to living gospel truth through 78 New Testament stories. Simple discussion questions (and answers) for each day’s devotion help children understand and connect the story of salvation with their own lives. Old Story New, part of the Gospel Story for Kids program (gospelstoryforkids.com), is suitable for children from preschool through high school.
Includes a Foreword by Tedd Tripp. You can purchase this resource HERE.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.Impress them on your children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7a)
Your children are a blessing from God. A gift that brings an abundance of joy and the privilege of teaching them God's ways. When they're young their potential to learn is amazing. And because actions and beliefs go hand in hand, the lessons they learn from you now will shape their lives forever.
This wonderful book, with its easy-to-use story format, can help you teach the basic truths of the Christian faith to your children. They'll learn right along with Caleb and Cassie that God's ways are best—and that even as kids, they can live for His glory every day.
You can purchase this resource HERE.
This is not your ordinary children's bible. Filled with excellent pictures and stories, this book very aptly connects the stories of the Bible to Jesus. This would be an excellent resource for adults to read too, to see how "every story [of the bible] whispers His name."
Containing forty-six Bible stories from creation to Revelation with beautiful, rich, and vibrant artwork, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures and discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation - and at the center of their story, too.
You can purchase this resource HERE.
Here's a sample video about Noah: A New Beginning
From Jago and Sally Lloyd-Jones, the creators of the bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible, comes this gorgeous and innovative collection of 101 simple-yet- profound thoughts on faith. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound spiritual truths from the Bible told in a conversational tone—drawing insights from creation, history, science, the writings of great thinkers and preachers and writers, and more—to turn the reader's eyes toward the God who loves them with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.
Perfect for family devotions, bedtime, story time, or even as a companion to The Jesus Storybook Bible, this accessible yet theologically rich book reveals biblical truth in word and image-all working together and designed to do one thing: to make the reader's heart sing.
Includes a Foreword by Tim Keller. You can purchase this resource HERE.
Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts is designed to be used with children from kindergarten through fourth grade, with twenty–three lessons on qualities of wisdom and godliness. Each lesson is presented with illustrations to capture children’s attention, supplemented with suggestions for teachers. Every child of God struggles with sin every day, and these lessons remind us that we will always find forgiveness and the grace to continue to get wisdom at the foot of the cross. 6. Get Wisdom
Below are a list of supplimental resouces:
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