In these past two months, families have had a lot of “togetherness” time—maybe even too much if you were to ask all involved. During this time, children have had even more opportunities to observe their parents navigating a wide spectrum of difficult circumstances. What did they hear and see?
Summer tends to be a good time for reading to refresh and energize the soul. This summer, the uncertain path to reopening communities may make reading easier to fit into our schedules, but it will also make reflective reading more important for preparing our hearts and minds for the rest of the year.
As you plan your summer reading, consider including resources from Truth78 written to inspire and equip you to disciple the next generation.
We can faithfully and zealously embrace a biblical vision for the faith of the next generation, foster a robust partnership between church and home, teach the whole counsel of God, proclaim the glorious gospel of Jesus, and disciple mind, heart, and will and yet fail to see the spiritual transformation we long for in our children. What’s missing? What more must we do?
God’s eternal, unshakable, unchanging, almighty truth is the only sure foundation on which to stand—no matter what circumstances swirl around us or within us.
The child who has memorized the most Bible verses, or is always first to find a passage in the Bible, may have a heart far from the Lord. Genuine faith in Christ also involves the heart and will. How do we teach in a way that will encourage faith? The fifth of the seven commitments featured in the book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generation focuses on discipling the mind, heart, and will.
If we are not careful, we can become so mired in the suffering of this “present time” that we lose perspective on our eternal inheritance. We and our children need to be reminded of God's eternal purposes on a daily basis so that we, first and foremost, anchor our hope in Christ alone, and then live with eternity in mind. Christ will return and make all things new for the glory of God and the joy of His people. May we shine that light in this broken and suffering world!
If your church is like mine, your leadership is considering when and how to move forward in gathering together again as God’s people. While each church and family might choose a slightly different path in this regard, one thing strikes me as crucial: We need to look backward in order to move forward. We need to look back to the Scriptures and reaffirm and prioritize our biblical calling in regard to discipling the next generation. The disruptions we have experienced these past months give us an opportunity to really focus on this.
What biblical truths are essential in order to understand the gospel? How and when should these be presented? How can we guide and implore children to respond in genuine belief?
For a Christian, suffering is not simply enduring life in a fallen world. It is not simply toughing it out until Christ returns. Rather, it serves as a precious gift.
Imagine your children twenty years from now. Will they be thoroughly acquainted with the Scriptures? Will they have the necessary tools to properly study the Bible? Will they have a deep understanding of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith? The third of the seven commitments featured in the book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generation focuses on teaching the whole counsel of God.