Continuing their Gospel-Centered series, New Growth Press, in conjunction with Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) has recently published The Gospel-Centered Parent. The Gospel-Centered series seeks to apply the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to various aspects of the life of the Church and the Christian. These studies are created for use in a small group setting with leader and participant guides.
The Gospel-Centered Parent is grounded in the gospel and seeks to help moms and dads parent from a position of faith and not fear. As any parent will attest to, it is so easy to try to control how our children will turn out by weighing them down with rules and demands. We are afraid to lose them to Satan and the world. Our fear drives us to trust ourselves to determine our children’s futures, rather than trusting God. While we may be exercising faith in God for our own salvation, we can forget to put our faith in God when it comes to our parenting. When we trust God to lead our children, then it lightens our burden as parents, and frees us to parent our children the way God wants us to. In turn, our children are freed from the weights we put on them. When we put our faith in God for our parenting, we lighten our load and that of our children.
To get a taste of the gospel saturated nature of this resource, here are the fifteen reasons why it is better to parent with the gospel rather than rules as outline at the back of the book:
- Unless their hearts are in it, your kids won’t be obeying God’s most important law no matter what else they might manage to do.
- Unless good works spring from belief in Jesus, they aren’t even actually good.
- Obedience that’s grounded in love will help your kids overcome how they feel at the moment.
- The worry that God’s people might use grace as an excuse to sin reflects a too-small view of salvation and grace.
- The idea that grace might let us get away with sin is not how reborn people should think.
- A strategy that starts with believing the gospel looks beyond surface sins to whole-self obedience.
- You kids can’t be consistent about godly living without love for God.
- Your kids can’t really obey God if they’re unsure of his pleasure toward them.
- A focus on Jesus and his grace does not make God’s commands seem unnecessary; instead it shows how they’re both urgent and beautiful.
- Only the confidence that comes from knowing they surely belong to Jesus will let your kids dare to face the full demands of God’s law.
- Knowing grace lets your kids get serious about God’s commands without falling into despair.
- Knowing grace makes your kids humble.
- Knowing grace makes your kids confident.
- Knowing grace leads your kids to worship.
- God means for his kindness to motivate obedience.
This is a solid parenting resource that I recommend for every parent to use. It will help you to understand the gospel message better and how it shapes your parenting. The gospel is not something we just believe to get saved. It is something we believe day by day as we grow into it more and more. The Gospel-Centered Parent shows parents how to grow into the gospel in their parenting.
Here are more book in the Gospel-Centered Series:
- The Gospel-Centered Life
- The Gospel-Centered Life for Teens
- The Gospel-Centered Life at Work
- The Gospel-Centered Community
I received this book for free from New Growth Press for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”