Family Discipleship

God deserves and demands our whole hearted devotion as our Creator, Redeemer, and King. Our love and devotion to him is far too weak and shallow, but he gives forgiveness, transformation, and compels us to change through the work of his Son and the power of his Spirit. As we’re changes by his grace, we’re empowered then to order our homes in such a way as to train our families to be devoted to the Lord and his Word.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Deuteronomy commentaries by Christopher Wright, John Calvin; Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham; Family Worship by Donald Whitney

Marriage: A Living Parable of the Gospel

God created marriage between a wife and husband to reveal something to us of the union that we as the church share with Jesus Christ. As a husband and wife share all that they are and all that they have with one another, Jesus does the same with his bride—the church. Wives and husbands also illustrate the Gospel in the way that they fulfill their perspective roles called for here in Ephesians 5:22-33

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Ephesians commentaries by Calvin, Merida, and Snodgrass; Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves; The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy & Cathy Keller; Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham; Sermons on Ephesians 5:22-33 by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Family

God creates the family, therefore he is the one that gets to define it and determine how it functions. He also is the one who determines the reason the family exists in the first place. In Genesis 1 and 2, we see that God gives the gift of the family unit because man is humanity in the image of God. Part of what it means to image God is that we’re made for relationships. Another part of what it means to image God is that we’re given the vocation of ruling over God’s creation on his behalf. Ultimately, God sends our Savior through the means of humanity obeying this creation mandate, and when he comes, he ultimately fulfills it by making God’s kingdom manifest on the earth.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Bound For Glory by RC Sproul Jr; God and Sex by Matt Chandler; Created and Creating by William Edgar