Parent Discipleship Resources
Here are some resources we recommend to get your family started.
Church Provided Resources:
• The Gospel Project - These are the items that are sent home with children each week. This is something that the leaders of the church have carefully selected in order to effectively teach the children about the Gospel. This includes: Who God is, who man is - both his origin and state, man’s need for salvation and God’s provision of that salvation in Jesus, and man’s destiny - where those who follow Jesus will be for all eternity.
Free Online Resources:
• Catechism for Young Children - This is an introduction to the Westminster Shorter Catechism. ?It is geared toward younger kids, but is still theologically astute and deep.
• Westminster Shorter Catechism - This is the longer, more theologically in-depth version of the ?above. It was used to catechize children since 1647, however the language is a bit stilted, perfect for those who are older in the faith, it also contains proof texts for each question and answer. ?
• Westminster Larger Catechism - This is a bit more in-depth than the Shorter, and is very rigorous. While considerable attention has historically been given to the Shorter, the Larger is still relevant, and needed. Recommended for older children, it contains proof texts as well. ?
• Heidelberg Catechism - This contains not only many Scripture references for the answers, but there is also a link to the history behind the catechism as well. ?
• Creeds - There are many creeds as well, however some of the language in the creeds can be a bit perplexing. Study those with care, and they are probably best left to older teens or adults, as the theology can be quite deep at times.
Pay Resources and Bibles:? Available at online retailers or at your local Christian bookstore.
• The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook: Connecting Christ Throughout God’s Story – This is a great Bible, put out by the Gospel Project, the same folks who do our Sunday School Curriculum. The stories are the Bible stories, distilled down to a young child’s level.
• The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New – This is done by Marty Machowsky, a Sovereign Grace Pastor. There is also an audio CD or album that goes with the book. It is a great set up. ?
• The Big Picture Interactive 52-Week Bible Story Devotional: Connecting Christ Throughout God’s Story – Once again, the Gospel Project, they have some really great resources.
• Solid Joys Devotional – Jon Piper. This is an app-based devotional that is solid. John Piper provides awesome fuel for your devotional fire every day. Christ exalting and Gospel centered. ?
• One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters: 365 Opportunities to Grow Closer to God as a Family – Nancy Guthrie. The devotions are pretty solid, the questions are a bit of a softball, but they offer a good place to start the discussion that focuses on biblical truth.
• Big Beliefs!: Small Devotionals Introducing Your Family to Big Truths – David R. Helm. He is responsible for the Big Picture Bible above. Solid and short, just as the title suggests.
• Long Story Short: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God – Marty Machowsky. ?This has seventy-eight weeks of devotions, each with reading, thinking, talking, and praying.