The Good Book Company have just published a new resource called Gospel-Centred Family . This is co-authored by Ed Moll and myself and follows in the same series as Gospel-Centred Church and Gospel-Centred Life.
Here’s the Good Book Company’s summary:
Numerous books set out to help Christian parents in the challenging mission of raising their children well-so what’s different about this one? Well, the answer’s in the title! It’s not about how the gospel fits into Christian family life, but how family life should fit into the gospel-God’s greatest purpose for this universe, achieved in Christ.
Many books aim to raise up competent, balanced parents and well-trained, well-rounded children. But Tim Chester and Ed Moll focus on families growing God-knowing, Christ-confessing, grace-receiving, servant-hearted, mission-minded believers-adults and children together.
Christian families should be about…
– not just making good citizens but also church planters, missionaries, reformers, servants and evangelists
– not just learning about God but also showing Him to others;
– not just controlling behaviour but also changing the heart;
– not just parents and children, but being an integral part of the wider church family.
In twelve concise chapters, Gospel-Centred Family takes us through the major Bible principles for family life, challenging us to give up our ‘respectable’ middle-class idols, and to become the distinctively different people that God, through His gospel, calls us to be.
Part One: A Gospel-Centred Family
1. Gospel-centred families
Your family can show how great it is to live under God’s reign of love.
2. Gospel-centred hopes
Knowing God is far more important than getting on in life.
Part Two: A Grace-Centred Family
3. Disciplining a parent’s heart
The biggest obstacle to good discipline is our own selfish hearts.
4. Grace for a parent’s heart
Trying to be a good parent will crush you if you don’t embrace grace.
5. Disciplining a child’s heart
Changing hearts matters more than controlling behaviour.
6. Grace for a child’s heart
Don’t train your child to be a legalist.
7. Children as a gift
Make sure you enjoy your children!
Part Three: A Word-Centred Family
8. Living the word
Teach your children about God in the context of everyday life.
9. The word and other voices
Shape what younger children watch and how older children watch.
10. Praying the word
Teach children to pray by praying with them.
Part Four: A Mission-Centred Family
11. A bigger family
We belong to two families.
12. A Serving Family
Children are not the centre of the world.