Several weeks ago, I was excited to discover that the latest mailing from Crossway’s book review program was Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God by Voddie Baucham. I’ve listened to Dr. Baucham and read some of his articles but hadn’t had the opportunity to read one of his books.
I was convicted, challenged, and encouraged by this book. In fact, it’s inspired me to do something that I’ve had on my to-do list for a long time: do a series of blog posts on family discipleship, sharing some of the tools and resources we’ve found useful in our family. I know as young first time parents we didn’t know where to start and had to do a lot of praying, searching and researching. Over the years we’ve dug out, or sometimes stumbled onto, some really great resources, and we’ve learned quite a bit about what works…although we’re always learning more!
I’ll start by sharing a little about Dr. Baucham’s book and then, each week I’ll highlight another book or resource we’ve found helpful in our family.
Dr. Baucham is a sought after conference speaker, author of several books, and pastor in Spring, Texas. Both he and his wife have overcome a multi-generational legacy of broken and dysfunctional homes, making him uniquely qualified to speak to the issue of raising godly children. You can read more about Dr. Baucham here.
Family Driven Faith addresses the current neglect of the family discipleship model as found in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
In the first chapter, “The Lay of the Land”, Dr. Baucham sets up the problem, quoting statistics and research, discussing current cultural trends, and telling a bit about his own background. He contends that not only have most Christian parents abdicated the role of discipling their children to others, but the average Christian family doesn’t even operate from a biblical worldview! Chapters 2-8 outline a plan of attack for living a lifestyle of family discipleship, with each chapter using a verse from Deuteronomy 6 as a springboard. The final two chapters address family worship and some issues and concerns with modern church children and youth programs.
Chapter 6 discusses how Ephesians 6:1-4 outlines 3 distinct phases of preparation for our children. Phase 1 is the discipline and training phase. Phase 2 is what he calls the “catechism” phase, and phase 3 is the discipleship phase. Obedience is discussed as a spiritual issue, and crucial to the success of the next two phases…after all, a child who doesn’t obey can’t be taught or discipled! Dr. Baucham’s discussion of the fifth commandment in relation to child training is phenomenal. Discussing phase 2, he explains that the goal of catechism is simply to impart biblical theology: what to believe, and more importantly, why. Several resources are suggested. Phase 3 is application. In phase 1, we have asked for and received our children’s hearts. In phase 2, we capture their minds. Lastly, in phase 3, we teach them what to do with what they’ve learned.
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(Many thanks to Crossway for providing a complimentary copy of the book for me to review. All opinions I’ve expressed are my own.)
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