The Bible says in Psalm 78, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”  All throughout Scripture, parents are given the responsibility to pass on the gospel story to their children.

What story is your family telling?  What is the overarching story that your kids are seeing played out in your home?  How are you creating opportunities for these grand stories of God’s work to be told?  Based on your familial habits what story do your children see as important?

It’s our desire as the church to come alongside of you and help you answer those questions in a way that reflects the Bible’s call on our life as parents.  The following is meant to be a tool to help you, as the parent, develop healthy habits for family discipleship.  As you think about the various facets of the Christian life – it’s our hope to provide suggestions, resources, and a guide to find what fits best for leading your family in each of those areas.

I am the target text.

If you were to ask any parent if they wanted to parent well, the obvious answer is going to be yes, but the next question usually is about how we do that. Many of us have the desire, but often we don’t know where to begin. We want to help you by providing resources to equip you in effective parenting. We’ve broken these blogs, books, and videos down into sections so that you may choose what is relevant to your family and the stage of life that your kids are in. Please click the images below for a list of relevant resources. If there are areas that you would like more information about, or are not listed on this page, feel free to email us.

I am the target text.

In the busyness of life, we often want to train our kids to become disciples, but either struggle to find the time or aren’t sure exactly what it looks like to train kids in the Bible. We understand that this is something that we want to excel at, so that our kids are equipped to live out the gospel through their childhood and into their adult life. In light of this, we are providing a basic framework for doing family devotions. Though it may be difficult to start, through consistently viewing the Bible as a family, we make it a priority for our lives, and will definitely see the results in our families, as we live out the gospel. Please click the images below for a list of relevant resources.

I am the target text.

Each week while you hear the sermon, your kids are learning about the Gospel as well! We want to equip you to have Gospel-centered conversations with your kids on a weekly basis. The Kids Guide will help you each week to engage your child about what God is teaching them, and create a time for your family to grow together around the Gospel.

Building Others Up

This week continued our short series in the book of Judges. Judges 6-8 follows the story of the Israelite army as they are led by Gideon, a military leader and judge who led the Israelites as they conquered enemy armies in the Promised Land of Canaan despite impossible odds. This is where the helplessness of God’s people becomes a platform from which His goodness and glory shines. Our hope is that the story of Gideon will open up incredible conversation in your home as we explore together the greatness of God and the glory that is due Him.

 

DISCUSSION STARTER

Encourage one another:

For our discussion starter this week, you will need a large piece of paper or a poster board. Write every family member’s name on the piece of paper and tape it somewhere where everyone in the house can see it (on the living room wall or the dining room table). Place a marker or crayon next to the paper. Throughout the week, have each family member write a word or sentence of encouragement next to the name of each family member. This could be a word that describes this person or something you appreciate about him/her. At the end of the week, take the piece of paper and read it aloud at dinnertime.

As we’ve studied the life of Gideon, we’ve learned that God alone deserves the praise. It is God who brings about successes and victories in our life, and we are to give credit where credit is due. But the Bible is also clear – as we will study this week – that we are to encourage others.  We shouldn’t be afraid of giving others compliments for fear that we are robbing God of His glory. From the passage of Scripture that you’ll study together as a family this week you’ll see that it is good and right to encourage others and be encouraged by others.

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 16:15-18 (NLT)

15 You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest of believers in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to God’s people. I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, 16 to submit to them and others like them who serve with such devotion. 17 I am very glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been providing the help you weren’t here to give me. 18 They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well.

TABLE TALK

These questions are designed to help students learn about the Bible story or passage you just read with them. Use them at dinnertime or in the car to talk about what you’re learning in community group, or find a specific time for your whole family to work through these questions together.

Make a list of all the names found in these verses.

Have fun with this…the names mentioned in these verses are not common for us today. Have different family members try and pronounce these names. Use this as an opportunity for your child to read the verses and understand what the Bible is saying.

1. Why are these persons being mentioned here?

The Apostle Paul is closing out his letter by drawing attention to what God has done in certain people’s lives. These are the people who first became Christians in the area to which Paul is writing. They became key leaders in the church that Paul helped start. 

2. What is the instruction that Paul is giving to the church in verse 18?

Paul is instructing the church to encourage and show appreciation for these people.

3. How can we encourage and show appreciation to the people that God has placed in our lives?

There are all kinds of ways that we can encourage or show appreciation to the people that God has placed in our lives. We can send encouraging notes or simply say “thank you” to them in person. Parents, use this as an opportunity to think of creative ways to teach your child how to encourage others (pastors, parents, siblings, etc…).

4. How can our encouragement demonstrate thankfulness to God instead of stealing glory from God?

To tell someone that they are exceptional at something (or to be told the same) does not have to mean that you are stealing glory from God, but can be a way to thankfully acknowledge God as the giver of the good. When our hearts have been changed by God to His reality and glory, we are more apt to see such things in other people that we want to encourage them.

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

Turn it into praise…

As you spend time reading the encouraging words written down on the large piece of paper, use these words to shape prayers of thanksgiving to God. For each person: spend time praying and thanking God for the way in which He has gifted this person or for how He has created this person.

PRAYER TIME

Use these prayer points to pray throughout the week and to keep the conversation going about the topic being discussed.  Be open with your child about ways in which you are praying through these issues.

PRAYER 1

Make a list of the many people that God has placed in your life and spend time thanking God specifically for these persons.

PRAYER 2

Thank God for the ways in which He has gifted you and for how He has created you.

PRAYER 3

Pray that God would help you to be an encourager and one who appreciates others that God has placed in your life.

LESSON AND MEMORY VERSE

It was one hot week as your child learned about a few faithful men who were thrown into a fiery furnace. Your child learned about the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how God delivered them from a perilous situation (Daniel 3). This week’s Big Picture Question was: how can we obey God? (Answer: we trust God to give us strength to obey Him).

This week, your child also continued to work on his/her new memory verse: Daniel 2:20-21. Write this verse on a piece of paper and hang it on the fridge or on the mirror in the bathroom. Get creative as you help your child hide God’s word in his/her heart.

Be sure to check out our updated curriculum. It has incredible new features to help make the Bible come alive for the kids and to help equip parents to disciple your child at home. Each week, take advantage of the The Big Picture card that your child brings home. (These cards are available at our Family Resource Center located near the exit of our kids worship space).

READING PLAN

We want to see our children learn to love reading the Bible. Therefore, we’ve laid out a Bible reading plan that goes along with the The Gospel Story Bible. We have these Bibles for sale each week. I would highly encourage your family to pick one up if you do not already have one and follow along in our yearly reading plan.

This week – in The Gospel Story Bible – read story #3 – “Adam and Eve disobey God” found on pg.7. Read this story several times during the week.

 

THIS WEEK

This week – in The Biggest Story  – read chapter 9, found on pg.109. Break the story up or read this story several times during the week. Ask simple questions to your children and use the story from the week to pray as a family together.