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Can parenting be missional? In the current environment of secularity within North America, where all belief systems compete for adoption (including secularism), the Christian faith has distinct advantages.
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Day - Elijah - Fire - Proof - Superiority
Much like the day of Elijah calling down fire as visible proof of the superiority of his God, the climate of secularity demands a new apologetic—one that moves from the theoretical to the actual.
Few today seem to be asking the questions of modernity, that is, “What is truth?”
Today - Respects - Family
Today’s apologetic in many respects is far more practical: “What works?” “What will help keep my family whole?” And, “Where can I see truth?”
And it is in the real-world answering of these questions that Jesus-followers corner the market.
None - Parents
And none more than Christ-following parents.
What we are really talking about is revealing the Kingdom of God as a family. My simple definition of the Kingdom of God is: What things look like when Jesus gets his way.
Family - Kingdom - God - Way - Parents
For a family, the Kingdom of God is often revealed through the faithful way that parents shepherd their children. It looks much different than the world’s shifting ideas that change from generation to generation. The kingdom effect is both universal and eternal. And, this difference is far greater than a weekly polishing up and shuttling of children to church.
It is a difference of kingdom allegiance.
Year - Jesus - Sermon - Mount - Matt
This year, I am preaching through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) in order to help our church family understand the counter-cultural way that kingdom citizens live. In Matthew 5:37, Jesus states in bold red letters, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
Many biblical teachings can be difficult to understand, but this is not one of them. It is simple to understand, and simple to apply.
To Christ-following parents, the...
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