I am so enjoying our journey through Ephesians! We are in the "home stretch" as we have now begun chapter 6.
On our recent sermon from Ephesians 6:1-4, we saw that parents have a God-given responsibility to lovingly nurture their children's spiritual health.
If you missed it or want to review it, click here for the message audio.
In addition, I want to point you to some additional resources to help you grow, regardless of the stage of life you are in, or perhaps to pass along to a friend who could use some help and encouragement! All of these are available in Gateway's Resource Center just outside the church office.
FOR PARENTS OF GROWN CHILDREN
You Never Stop Being a Parent
By Jim Newheiser
Jim Newheiser is a trusted biblical counselor who helps parents of grown children see that they really never stop being a parent. He then provides much practical guidance of how that relationship changes as your child matures to adulthood. At 200 pages long, this book is packed full of Scripture and much life application wisdom to help you navigate relating to your adult children.
FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN
Parenting is More than a Formula
By Jim Newheiser
Like mentioned in the sermon, clinging to a formula or trying to persuade others of a particular parenting methodology has done much harm over the years. If we can't rely on a formula, what do we do? Jim Newheiser shows how the Gospel is what we must look to in our parenting approach.
This small booklet is just 70 pages and is full of though provoking questions for reflection to help you grow in being Gospel focused in your parenting.
FOR PARENTS AT ANY STAGE
Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses
By Amber Lia and Wendy Speake
In the sermon we saw many ways we can provoke our children. One is our own sinful anger. How do we respond when our children sin or disappoint us? In this amazing book, the authors show how God's grace enables us to put off our clamor (yelling) and put on gentle biblical responses to our children.
AND THERE ARE SO MANY MORE IN OUR RESOURCE CENTER THAT WE COULD RECOMMEND!
Here are just two more...
The Masculine Mandate - Richard Phillips
It has amazing chapters about the disicpleship and discipline of children, and is the source of the idea in the sermon about the four things we can do to actively engage our children: pray, read, work, and play.
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus
This book is incredibly helpful at pointing us to how we use everyday parenting moments to help our children understand the gospel. It shows us how to avoid parenting for just outward conformity.
I hope you will take a look at all of these and the many other resources we have available for you in Gateway's Resource Center. You can view the entire inventory and see recommendations on particular books on our web site at:
PRAYER IS AVAILABLE
Would you like someone to pray for your family, your children, or about some burden you feel? If so, please contact one of our elders. Visit the elder page on our web site and scroll down to the bottom of it. There you can send a message to anyone on the elder team. Visit:
We would love to pray for you!
~ Pastor Grady