ABCs of Family Discipleship Archive

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Love God Passionately

Discipleship Truth: Jesus summed up all 613 Old Testament laws into two: love God and love people (Mark 12:30-31). But beware of the simplicity of Jesus’ words. To love God with ALL the heart, soul, mind, and strength does not mean “business as usual.” Loving God demands effort, passion, and action. True Story: Children can gush with excitement over food, friends, games, or a favorite …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Know God Intimately

Discipleship Truth: God has given parents primary responsibility for the spiritual training of their children. But few dads and moms know where to begin. Proverbs 1:7 provides the answer: start by teaching kids to fear the Lord. To know God, students must establish a healthy respect for Him. That’s the foundation stone for training children. Until kids genuinely respect and fear God, they cannot learn …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Join God’s People

Discipleship Truth: When Jesus Christ came to earth, He set aside divinity to embrace humanity. Though He was Lord and Master, Jesus willingly became a servant. Christ enjoyed serving and associating with all types of people. He showed His followers how to be selfless and humble. Fifty days after Jesus ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to knit His followers together into a …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Honor Jesus’ Bride

Discipleship Truth: The Bible describes the Church as a radiant bride without wrinkles, blemishes, or flaws. She is stunningly beautiful—adorned for a noble and worthy Husband. Jesus Christ loves the Church the way a groom cherishes his precious bride (Ephesians 5:25-29). Presently, the Lord is purifying and preparing His Church—in anticipation of the great celebration in heaven when Jesus will marry His beloved bride (Matthew …

ABC’s of Family Discipleship: Give to the World

Discipleship Truth: God is Lord of the whole earth! Just as the loving Father breathes life into every human being, His heart longs for each person to receive forgiveness through Christ. To accomplish this, God gave His Church the sole responsibility to fulfill Jesus’ urgent command, “Go into the world and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). The Church exists to carry out that …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Establish Good Friendships

Discipleship Truth: In the upper room, Jesus prayed that friendships among all His followers would mirror the oneness that Christ enjoyed with His heavenly Father. “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent Me and that you love them as much as you love Me” (John 17:23). Jesus prayed for Christians to love, to worship, and to serve alongside …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Delight in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” (Psalm 37:3-5)   Discipleship Truth: God is the supreme centerpiece of the universe. He eclipses everything else. Without the Lord’s vigilant attention, all life would end—matter …