Many people are familiar with Children Desiring God primarily for our curriculum. But before there ever was any curriculum, there was a vision—a vision for spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. Therefore, this vision is the "big thing"—the curriculum simply exists as a tool toward the vision. This is why we encourage people to know and understand the vision before using the curriculum.
How can you, other parents, and your church become better acquainted with the vision? Consider hosting a "Getting Acquainted With a God-Centered Vision for the Next Generation" informational meeting at your home or church using this free three-part series by David and Sally Michael. Here is a summary of each 75-minute video:
Here is a new video from John Piper giving a sneak-peek at his new endeavor, "Look at the Book," which will be coming out in September. From the description, "Look at the Book" seems like a great resource for parents, teachers, and older students so that we might read and understand the Bible in a way that will cause us to better treasure God's Word and God Himself.
Remember, we needn't wait until our children are older to teach them to "look at the book." We can begin even before they are readers and continue to slowly and intentionally, step-by-step, lead them through the process of "mining" the Scriptures. Want to learn more? Check out this free handout.
The Goal of Biblical Fathers
Andrew Bonar, the 19th century Scottish pastor, said concerning the teaching of children, “We tell them, ‘You are sinners, exposed to God’s wrath and curse, and you cannot save yourselves; but God’s own Son can save you, by Himself bearing that wrath and curse.’” In other words you teach a child to despair of all self-confidence and direct his desire for confidence to the grace of God. The goal of biblical fathers is to have children who say (with Psalm 60:11–12):
The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)
Fathers, do you and other men in your church regularly speak blessings over your children? Do you wish that you did, but perhaps need some help getting started?