Archive for May, 2012
Over the next three Sundays, I will be preaching a series on gospel parenting. I am not an expert on parenting, to be sure. In fact, the reason for a series on parenting is because I know the deficiencies in my own life as a father, and I am called to shepherd High Pointe in all areas of life by applying the gospel in specific ways.
As I am preparing for this series, I have been compiling a list of helpful resources for parents. I will be sharing that list in parts over the next few days. To begin with, allow me to recommend some general parenting materials.
God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas J. Köstenberger
*Dr. Köstenberger, New Testament professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, provides a thorough handbook on all things related to marriage and family. In this book, Dr. Köstenberger argues from the biblical texts what God says about such things as marriage, family, reproductive technologies, singleness, homosexuality, divorce and remarriage. Every family should have a copy of this book as a biblical reference manual.
Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William P. Farley
*Gospel-Powered Parenting is a book about how the gospel applies to parenting without assuming what the gospel is. This book is not a book about parenting methodology; it is a book meant to change our thinking (our wrong assumptions) about God, ourselves and our children. In other words, it is a book that lays the biblical and theological foundations for gospel parenting. Farley does an excellent job of explaining the gospel and applying the implications of the gospel to our lives as husbands, wives and parents.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
*Shepherding a Child’s Heart is a classic in gospel parenting. I recently re-read it, and I realized that I had forgotten just how good and helpful it is. Because the Bible argues that the heart is the well-spring of life, Tripp helps parents learn how to shepherd a child’s heart. He helpfully exposes the unbiblical goals (well-behaved, well-educated, well-mannered kids) and unbiblical methods (emotionalism, threats, yelling, withholding affection, license) parents are likely to use when not focused on the issues of the heart. If you only read one book on gospel parenting, pick this one up.
Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp
*In this book, Tedd and Margy Tripp focus on formative instruction, though they do not exclude corrective discipline, for the purpose of equipping our children with a Christian worldview – a view that “delights in God and the goodness of His ways.”
Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul Tripp
*In Age of Opportunity, Paul Tripp debunks contemporary culture’s view of teenagers and helps expose whether or not we Christians have bought into culture’s views. He addresses the frustrations and fears that come with raising teenagers but helps us understand that the family is the place God has chosen as the primary place of instruction for our children. Consequently, he helps us establish biblical goals for parenting teens (part 2) and helpful strategies (part 3).
All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Meyer
*Many of us have grown up in pop culture and have assumed many of its unhelpful views. Ken Meyer defines culture and shows us how pop culture, with all its damaging affects, has swallowed up high culture and pop culture. This may not sound like an appealing book at first, but it will help you understand the effects of culture on us and our families.
Join us at High Pointe beginning this Sunday morning at 10:30.
Title: Gospel Parenting and The Father’s Love
Text: Hosea 11
Title: Gospel Parenting and Parental Example
Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Title: Gospel Parenting and Biblical Instruction
Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
- Rash Vows: The Sacrifice of Fools (Leviticus 27)
- The Curse of the Law (Leviticus 26)
- For You Were Bought with a Price (Leviticus 25:39-55)
- Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Leviticus 25:23-55)
- The Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:1-22)
- An Eye for an Eye (Leviticus 24)
- Holy Days or Holidays? (Leviticus 23)
- Holy Sacrifices Acceptable to God, part 2 (Leviticus 22:17-33)
- Holy Sacrifices Acceptable to God (Leviticus 22)
- God’s Holy Priesthood: Above Reproach (Leviticus 21:6-9, 13-24)
- Death and Grief to the Glory of God (Leviticus 21:1-6, 10-12)
- And Such were Some of You: Healing for the Sexually Broken (Leviticus 20:10-26)
- What is God’s Will for My Life and How Can I Know It? (Leviticus 19:26, 31; 20:6-8, 27)
- The Scandalous Justice of a holy God (Leviticus 19:9-10, 33-34)
- Sacrificing Our Children to the gods of this World (Leviticus 20:1-5)
- The Whole Law in One Word (Leviticus 19)
- The Glory of God and the Gift of Marital Intimacy (Leviticus 18)
- Acceptable Worship (Leviticus 17)
- Why Did Jesus Come in the Flesh? (Leviticus 16)
- What Can Wash Away My Sin? (Leviticus 12-15)
- To Eat or Not to Eat: What is the Question? (Leviticus 11)
- A Holy Nation (Leviticus 10)
- A Royal Priesthood (Leviticus 10)
- Acceptable Worship: Our God is a Consuming Fire (Leviticus 10)
- Approaching God through the High Priest of a Better Covenant (Leviticus 8-9; 21-22)
- The Annointing (Leviticus 8:1-13)
- Approaching the Holy God through the Once for All Sacrifice (Leviticus 1-7)