Gospel Powered Parenting
William P. Farley
Not your everyday book on parenting, Gospel-Powered Parenting is a practical guide to parenting that highlights the differences the Gospel makes in the lives of parents as much as it does about parenting techniques. Farley talks about the spiritual basis of parenting, a subject most books ignore.
Parenting By God’s Promises
Parents are unable to give their children whatthey need most—new hearts that trust in Christ forforgiveness of sins. All belief is a work of Godalone. But parents must not “hinder” their children from coming to Christ, as Jesus’ disciples sought to hinder mothers and fathers from bringing small children to Him (Mark 10:13–16). On the contrary, they must do everything in their power to “bring” their children to the Savior, which means raising their sons and daughters in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
In Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Dr. Joel R. Beeke explores what this nurture and admonition looks like and offers gems of practical wisdom for parents on topics suchas instituting and leading family worship, teaching children, modeling faithful Christian living, and exercising discipline. However, he carefully puts parental responsibilities in their proper perspective and guides mothers and fathers to lean not on their own abilities but to trust more fully in the God who knits children together in the first place. Above all, he affirms, parents must look to the one true God, who promises to provide everything His people need and to bless them and their families.
Parenting in the Pew
There’s a big difference between training your children to be quiet in church and teaching them the joy of worship. Castleman believes kids should be involved-and offers down-to-earth advice (with a touch of humor) on how to inspire them to fully participate, from toddlerhood through the teen years. Revised and expanded with a study guide.
Your Home: A Place of Grace
Although, brimming with practical application for all stages of life-married or widowed, parent or single-it is not a how-to-book. It is more about who God is than what we do; more about His grace than our game plans. It is about God working in and through you to make your home a sanctuary of His design. Separate leader’s guide available.
In the daily grind of life, heart-work is the hard work and the continual work. But it is also the necessary work and the effectual work. Yet when churches focus merely on activities and programs, it is usually at the cost of genuine, heart-level relationships. In such environments, ministry efforts actually add to the hectic pace of overtaxed households in disconnected communities, while church members languish in terminally casual relationships-figuratively “dying on the vine.”
John Neal examines the Bible’s instruction on these life-and-death matters in You Are Ministers. Discover how, rather than being the domain of “professionals,” true life-changing ministry flows from Christ through lay church members and households walking in covenant community with one another. When we apply the gospel through heart-level relationships, speaking the truth in love, we build up one another in Christ to the glory of God the Father.