A fresh, clear and joyful guide for parents on how to train their children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
GIVE THEM JESUS aims to help parents not simply add to their children's stockpile of knowledge, but to cultivate children-disciples who are able to display Christ-likeness in every situation. Parents are the ones primarily responsible for opening up the Scriptures to help their children understand God, the world, and themselves. The family is the divinely appointed discipleship program; the home is first and foremost a place of worship. The introduction of the book discusses the four vital components of family worship--teach, treasure, sing, and pray--and offers practical suggestions for beginning and prioritizing family worship in the rough and tumble of life. A brief introduction to the Apostles' Creed follows, with an emphasis on why the Creed is the ideal syllabus for teaching children.
Subsequent chapters guide parents to a deeper understanding of the core truths of the historic Christian faith, as summarized in the Apostles' Creed, arming them with appropriate language, helpful illustrations, and relevant object lessons, so that in the end they will be better prepared to pass these truths on to their children. Each chapter concludes with a family worship guide, which includes: 1) family memory verses, 2) nuggets of truth from the chapter, 3) questions for family discussion, 4) songs that celebrate the truths of the Creed, and 5) prayer prompts.
GIVE THEM JESUS equips parents to conceive of your role as a "sending" one; your task as the Christian parent is to prepare your child to leave home and go out into the world as a faithful participant in the great gospel story. Never stop telling the gospel story to your kids. Give your children Jesus. Again. And again. And again. And you'll see your children walk in the truth.