How does a dad lead his family in discipleship?
In this interview, we ask Bill Farley about the need for family discipleship, for dads to take the lead as spiritual example and guide, and the challenges dads can expect to face and what to do about them.
The other day my daughter-in-law sent me a video of my 3-year-old grandson holding a pack of Blessing Cards in one hand while placing his other hand gently on his baby brother’s head. “What are you doing?” his mommy asked. “I am blessing him.” And he proceeded to mumble some words of blessing over his brother. That video brought this grandma to tears – happy, hope-filled tears. This future father (Lord willing) who has already learned to model what he daily experiences from his own daddy… who experienced it from his daddy. A father’s spiritual legacy that, by God’s sovereign grace, is doing far more than we could ever imagine in the lives of the next generation and beyond!
In a special interview David Michael and Timothy Paul Jones answer the question, "How might the pandemic change how the church and families disciple our children?" Additionally, David shares a timely vision and framework for discipleship found in the newly released book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of Children.
Teachers, what do you want to see happen in your classroom this year? What are your aspirations and goals for your students? Toward that end, what must you commit yourself to doing?
I learned a big chunk of life while riding along in vehicles with my parents. Our blue and brown Pinto station wagon was a mobile classroom of sorts for me and my brothers as our parents drove along the country roads surrounding our hometown in Washington, NC, including the 10 mile stretch into town and the 20 mile trek to church. Whether it was our full-spirited family conversations or the many times that my brothers and I would just listen in on our parents talking, we were a captive audience to observations about life, work, challenges, relationships, and faith.
Dads, as 2019 is kicking off, how’s your schedule looking? As various work commitments, travel plans, and children’s activities fill up slots, have you been able to protect time for what’s most important?
Having a long-term, God-centered, Gospel-focused vision is crucial for discipling children and youth. The fruit of leading and teaching with this vision is illustrated well at North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Stephanie Jackson, children’s ministry director at North Wake, shares how vision has shaped the past decade and a half of ministry to children there:
Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." One of the great joys we have at Truth78 is receiving testimonies about the fruit of faith that comes as children hear the word of Christ in a variety of settings.
We hope you'll be as encouraged as we were by some of the testimonies we've received in the past few months:
Although the Gospel reached the Manipuri people in northeastern India in 1894, they didn’t have any Sunday School material until this year. This fall, Suresh Singh of Partners in Discipleship International (PDI) visited the Truth78 team and presented the first printed copy of any curriculum in the Manipuri language, He Established a Testimony, Truth78’s Old Testament stories for young children.
Are you telling your children the truth about death? How you answer their questions about death, and how you bring up truths about death that our culture avoids, are critical to how your children will value life in Christ.