A Guide for Family Discipleship Gifts

I’m not surprised by the number of families who are putting up their Christmas trees and festive decorations early this year. In this crazy and difficult year, we are eagerly yearning to celebrate the “good news of great joy”—the birth of Christ our Savior—and the many longstanding family traditions that accompany it. Gift-giving (especially in a child’s mind!) is one of those traditions. But over the years, our gift list for our grandchildren is being shaped not so much by what they “want” (new toys, crafts, and games) but also by what they really need. What kind of gifts might serve to nourish their souls for a lifetime? What gifts might help them to better see the incomparable treasure of Jesus? What gifts can assist their parents in discipling them?

Toward that end, Truth78 is pleased to offer this special family discipleship gift guide highlighting resources that parents and children can enjoy together. The resources target various age groups and include a range of ease of use—from extremely simple read aloud stories to more formal Bible instruction. From simple parenting tools to deeper discipleship training.  

So before you fill up your gift-giving list with an endless array of temporal pleasures for children, be sure to include some God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated, discipleship-oriented resources at the top of the list. Helping children discover the riches of God’s Word is a gift that will truly keep on giving for a lifetime as they find in it the source of unshakable, all-satisfying, never-ending joy!

See Family Discipleship Gift Guide

Overview:

BIBLE RESOURCE

  • More Than a Story: Old Testament (available Dec. 1)
    A new kind of Bible resource for children, More Than a Story: Old Testament takes children on a chronological journey through the Bible with a God-centered, gospel-focused, discipleship-oriented, theologically grounded perspective.

DEVOTIONAL

  • Glorious God, Glorious Gospel
    The Glorious God, Glorious Gospel devotional includes 15 lessons for family discipleship designed to ground children in the essential and glorious truths of the gospel.
  • Lord, Teach Us to Pray Family Devotional Guide
    The Lord's Prayer has much to teach us about our great and glorious God as well as about prayer. Lord, Teach Us To Pray is a newly revised intergenerational curriculum that instructs young and old to approach God in prayer with a heart of submission to God’s desires and a trust in His good and right answers. Through prayer, you will learn to know your Heavenly Father better and enjoy fellowship with Him.
  • Helping Children to Understand the Gospel
    This resource covers: preparing the hearts of children to hear the gospel, discerning stages of spiritual growth, communicating the essential truths of the gospel, and presenting the gospel in an accurate and child-friendly manner. Includes a 10-week family devotional.
  • Making HIM Known Books
    A series of books to teach children about God's worth and character.

DISCIPLESHIP

  • Dedicated to the Lord
    When we receive a child from God, it is right that we recognize that child as dedicated to God for His glory. This little booklet provides a working definition of what it means for a child to be dedicated to God. It unpacks the significance, meaning, and implication of five promises that represent the biblical calling and responsibility that rests on all Christian parents who have been entrusted with children to raise for the glory of their Creator.
  • A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children
    Pronouncing blessings upon our children is a powerful way to plead for God's grace upon them and give them a vision for what we hope they will become. Each blessing in the booklet is based upon a biblical text and flows from a father's heart for his daughters and a pastor's heart for the children in his church.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

  • Jesus Is Most Special
    In Jesus Is Most Special, Sally Michael helps parents to share the story of the birth of Jesus with their children and goes a step further by placing the Christmas story in the larger context of the Bible, including what comes before and after.
  • When I Am Afraid
    This children's book provides parents with an opportunity to show their children the wonderful promises of God and encourage them to look to God when they are fearful.
  • World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, and Restored
    The World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, and Restored
     has been written so that children might know and embrace these life-transforming truths of the gospel. Through the use of key Scriptures and child-friendly, compelling narrative, children will encounter the greatest realities in all the universe—and in their own lives.

CHURCH NOTEBOOKS

  • My Church Notebook
    My Church Notebooks: Come Into His Presence Volume 1 and 2
     includes 26 weeks of note taking space with 3 pages for each week. It is not dated and is designed to be used with any sermon.
  • My First Church Notebook
    The My First Church Notebook provides parents with helpful suggestions to prepare young children to understand and participate in the worship service. It includes 29 weeks of 4 pages per week and is not dated but designed to be used with any sermon.

SCRIPTURE MEMORY

  • Fighter Verses Pack
    The Fighter Verses™ compilation of 260 passages provides the encouragement we need for fixing our hearts on the character and worth of our great God; battling the desires of our flesh; and rejoicing in the work of Christ in the gospel.
  • The Fighter Verses Study Set 1
    A year-long (or quarterly) devotional for families, small groups, classes, and individuals with a coloring book for younger children. 
  • Fighter Verses Songs
    A tool to aid Scripture memorization of the Fighter Verses passages.
  • Foundation Verses Pack ESV | NIV
    Strategically chosen Bible verses for children 2-5 years old. The pack includes 76 short passages with image prompts to help non-readers remember the passage. Revised Foundation Verses and Coloring Book (available Dec. 10)

Bonus:

PARENTING

Parenting books we've reviewed and recommend:

Age of Opportunity (Paul Tripp)

The Disciple-Making Parent: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ (Chap Bettis)

Equipping for Life: A Guide for New, Aspiring & Struggling Parents (Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger)

The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Salvation for Your Child (Art Murphy)

Future Men: Raising Boy to Fight Giants (Douglas Wilson)

Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting (William Farley)

Grace-Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free (Tim Kimmel)

Hints on Child Training (Clay Trumbull)

Instructing a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp)

Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child (John Rosemond)

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family (Paul Tripp)

Peacemaking for Families (Ken Sande)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp)

Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training (Lou Priolo)

Why Christian Kids Rebel: Trading Heartache for Hope (Tim Kimmel)

Your Child’s Profession of Faith (Dennis Gundersen)