Thursday, September 6, 2012

Nancy Allen and her family have gracious opened their house to host a new small group that will be focusing on Faith in the Home.  The book that she plans on studying is Home Grown Faith by David and Kathy Lynn.  I downloaded the book to my e-tablet and was very impressed with the Foreward.  I want to share that part of the book with you.  
The Foreward is written by Dr. Jim Burns.

"All reputable studies tell us that the single most important social influence on the spiritual lives of adolescents is their parents. Of course, there are other great mentors like grandparents, youth workers, and peers, but parents have the greatest lasting impact on the spiritual lives of their kids. Dave and Kathy Lynn understand this fact as well as anyone in the world, and HomeGrown Faith is the best-researched and most practical book I have ever read on this subject. A phrase I often repeat to church leaders is this: One of the major responsibilities of the church is to mentor parents; parents then mentor their children; and the legacy of faith continues to the next generation. Frankly, there is no greater biblical calling than for parents to be intentional about energizing their family’s spiritual lives. The Bible is very clear that our job is to pass our faith from generation to generation. At HomeWord (where I work), we have a Web site that receives several million visitors each year. We ask visitors to check the top three parenting issues that interest them most, ranking what they desire for their family from their most important values to their least important values. Every month, the number one issue of interest to parents is that of passing on your faith. Not only is this a biblical mandate, it’s our calling. At the same time, you may be like my wife and I and find yourself saying, “I don’t feel qualified to help my children grow spiritually.” As Dave and Kathy write in this book, “The only qualification is a willing heart.” I don’t know about you, but that is very refreshing to me. Now, since you are reading this foreword, I would imagine you have a very willing heart with a desire to see an eternal spiritual legacy happen for your family. Many of us have the desire, but we need the blueprint for a solid Home-Grown Faith. With the Scripture as their guide, Dave and Kathy have done just that— given us a blueprint. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to build a home without following a blueprint. Yet many people allow their family to grow spiritually by circumstance and chance. As you read this outstandingly well-researched and practical book, you will be reminded over and over again that parents do matter to their kids! Parents matter when it comes to important issues, faith, school, drug and alcohol use, and a host of other life-transforming issues. Your influence and impact make an eternal difference. You can offer blessings or curses to your kids. Both will often make a lifelong, lasting impression. This book will teach you how to offer blessings. My suggestion is to use this book in several ways. Read HomeGrown Faith. It’s practical, it’s biblical, it’s challenging, and it will give you a blueprint to build a legacy of faith for your family. But don’t just read the book. After each chapter, there are stimulating questions for reflection and for dialogue. You can talk with your spouse (if you are married), and I would suggest that you discuss the group questions with a small group from your church or neighborhood. My wife Cathy and I were in a couples’ small group for several years during some formative years in the lives of our three daughters. In many ways, the entire group helped us to raise our kids. I strongly encourage you to use this book in a group format. Finally, don’t forget to use some of the “fifty nifty” ideas with your own family. David Lynn is one of the finest youth ministry experiential education experts in getting kids to talk about important subjects. Youth workers have used his material successfully for years. The ideas (beginning on Page 81) are practical, fun, easy-to-do, and inspiring. So get your kids talking about spiritual issues by using some of these great ideas in the book. Here’s a little test.What is the most often quoted scripture in the Bible? John 3:16? Psalm 23? No. It’s Deuteronomy 6:4-9. In Hebrew, it’s called the Shema. It is the holy strategy of the Hebrew people, and in every orthodox Jewish home today, it is quoted most every morning and evening. The Shema is recited at important feasts and holidays. When Jesus was asked,“What is the most important commandment?”, He immediately quoted part of Deuteronomy 6. In fact, these words might have been some of the first Scripture that was ever taught to Jesus.Here’s what it says: Listen, Israel! The LORD our God is the only true God! So love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you’re at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and foreheads to help you obey them. Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates (De 6:4-9). That is our calling as parents. Church leaders are called to come alongside parents in our congregations and to follow the words of the Shema. HomeGrown Faith will help you follow the blueprint in that calling.

Lynn, David (2006-05-10). Home Grown Faith (Kindle Locations 86-97). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition."

I encourage you to call Nancy Allen and let her know you are going to be there Sept 9.

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