In their study on Jesus-centered parenting in a child-centered world, J.D. Greear (pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, NC) and his wife Veronica emphasize the biblical mandate to drive the gospel deep into the hearts of our children.
“And you shall teach them diligently...”
Based on Psalm 127, Ready to Launch plumbs the wisdom of the Bible about the goals of parenting, the stages of discipline, the role of the church, and strategies to shape the heart of your children toward the gospel.
"'Training a child up in the way he should go' must be done intentionally, with the mind and heart of God." As a parent, you are to be the primary discipler of your children. They will look to you as an example of how to follow Christ.
“Driving the gospel deep” requires both formal and informal times of instruction and spiritual conversation. Even with the best of intentions, families are so busy, that family time, church time and God time are often crowded out. Without a plan, more than likely we’ll come to the end of the day or week only to realize that we didn’t connect with our children on a spiritual level at all.
Whether your kids are school-aged or younger, the back-to-school season provides a great opportunity to examine your family's schedule and make any changes to make sure your family's time follows God's values and priorities.
Use this "Family Action Plan" to help you get started with creating a family calendar.
CHECK OUT THE CLASS
If you don't have a regular Sunday School class, John and Michelle Holbrook will be leading Ready to Launch as part of a new class for couples with young children. The new class launches Sunday, August 14 and will meet at 8:45am.