Resources for Discipling Your Children

Earlier this week I asked via Twitter, "What tools are you using to disciple your children?" Of course training our children in the way they should go is a holistic endeavor involving instruction, modeling, conversation, formative and reformative discipline, planned rhythms, and spontaneous exhortation (and, of course, the local church). But as a parent I am always looking for tools to help Jen and I shepherd our four children. And, as a pastor I am always looking to pass on those resources to others.  So I threw the questions out there and got some great feedback. Below are some of the responses I got from friends on twitter. Those Jen and I have used in our home are marked with an *.

If you have other recommended resources for discipling your children share in the comments.

Bibles/Scripture

Jesus Story Book Bible*

The Gospel Story Bible

Seek and Find Bible (ESV)*

Grow! ESV Children's Bible*

Children's Bible Reading Plans, David P. Murray (free downloads)* And here is the download for the 12 month morning and evening plan.

Fighter Verses A five year Scripture memory program that focuses on 1) the character and worth of our great God, 2) battling against our fleshly desires, and 3) the hope of the Gospel.

Books & Devotional Guides

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God "...a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school."

One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters, Nancy Guthrie A tool allowing family members to "take turns turning to the dinner-table devotion for that day, designed to be done together as a family in 10 to 15 minutes."

Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware "The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children."

Short Steps for Long Gains (booklet) "...a tool to help Christians get together in pairs to look at the Bible, pray and share their lives."

Catechesis

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (free online)

Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Starr Meade * "Family devotions based on the Shorter Catechism."

The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs: The Complete CD Set Yep, the Shorter Catechism put to music.

Truth and Grace Memory Books, Tom Ascol * "A solid plan for Scripture memory, exposure to great hymns and catechetical instruction."

Audio/Video Helps

The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs: The Complete CD Set

Story of God for Kids (free audio download)

Basic Training, R.C. Sproul (DVD series) Dr. R.C. Sproul provides "a concise explanation of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity in the Apostles’ Creed."

Seeds Worship* Scripture put to music.

Rizers* Scripture put to pop-rock music.

Five Things I Want My Kids to Know... About God

Based on a conversation Pat Aldridge and I had in the car on our way back from the Desiring God Conference for Pastors, I have decided to do a series of posts on "5 Things I Want My Kids to Know..." about a number of different things. This week it's all theological, and today I'll share 5 things I want my kids to know about God. Of course there is much more that my kids need to know about God than the five things I have listed below. For example, they need to know that he is one God in three persons, that he is unchanging, and more. We teach those things as well, but these are five truths that we revisit often.

5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About God

God is Holy God is highly exalted. He is morally perfect, and pure from all defect. He is bigger than we can imagine, but he has been kind to tell us about himself. The holiness of God is his "otherness." God is different from us in many ways. And everything that is true about God (like the following four things about God I want my kids to know) is what makes him holy. Because God is holy, and we are not, we need cleansing and forgiveness. Is. 6:3; 1 Jn. 1:5-10

God is Sovereign God is the supreme ruler over all that is. He is the ultimate King who sees all and knows all and does all that he pleases. What he says he does, and no one can stop him or his plans. He is what causes the grass to grow, the rains to fall, your heart to beat, and your lungs to breathe. All creation continues to hold together and move and live because God says so. He is sovereign. It took a sovereign God to make the world, and it takes a sovereign God to conquer sin and death and rescue sinners from their own guilt. Ps. 93; Mt. 10:26-33; Acts 17:24-27

God is Good God is not just all powerful, he is also truly good. His law is good, and his plans for his people are good. Even when life is troublesome and painful, God works for the good of those who love him. This doesn't mean that God always does what we think is good, but that all he does is good because it is his work, and he is faithful to do what he has promised. Because God is good he can be trusted and should be praised for all things in this life. Psalm 89

God is Forgiving God is holy and sovereign and good, and that really is a lot of different from us. In contrast to God we are weak and sinful. But God is also forgiving. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and sees all of our sins, and still God is gracious and forgiving. His forgiveness is made possible through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus, who steps into our place and takes our punishment upon himself. All who believe in him are forgiven and made right with God (See Friday's post, 5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About Jesus). Ps. 51:7-12; 1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 1:7

God is Present The omniscience and omnipresence of God might feel like oppressive realities, but for those who have been forgiven of and reconciled to God it is a comfort. The God who knows us and sees us is also the God who is with us every step along our journey. And, he is not only there, but he is there to care for us, and to supply us with grace to endure. To say that God is present not only means that God draws near to us, but that we can draw near to him. God can ultimately be with us (and we can be with him) because he has drawn near to save sinners through Jesus. Ps. 139; Ps. 34:18; Hen. 4:14-16

If you had to boil it down to five things you want your kids to know about God, what they be? What are the "big ones?" Share your thoughts in the comments. By the way, Pat gave his answers here.

[Next Up: Five Things I Want My Kids To Know About Man]

1000 Words

KatherineMy kids were playing out in the front yard this weekend, and I saw that the sun was setting casting a golden light onto the whole scene. I grabbed by camera and took a few shots. Kat is standing in front of one of our "Burning Bushes." Click the pic for a larger version.