Give Them Jesus: Raising Our Children on the Core Truths of the Christian Faith

Give Them Jesus: Raising Our Children on the Core Truths of the Christian Faith

by Dillon T. Thornton PhD


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A fresh, clear, joyful guide for parents on how to teach their children to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

GIVE THEM JESUS aims to help parents not simply add to their children's stockpile of knowledge, but to cultivate children-disciples who are able to display Christ-likeness in every situation. Parents are the ones primarily responsible for opening up the Scriptures to help their children understand God, the world, and themselves. The family is the divinely appointed discipleship program; the home is first and foremost a place of worship. The introduction of the book discusses the four vital components of family worship: teach, treasure, sing, and pray, and offers practical suggestions for beginning and prioritizing family worship in the rough and tumble of life.

Subsequent chapters guide parents to a deeper understanding of the core truths of the historic Christian faith, as summarized in the Apostles' Creed, arming them with appropriate language, helpful illustrations, and relevant object lessons, so that in the end they will be better prepared to pass these truths on to their children. Each chapter concludes with a family worship guide, which includes: 1) family memory verses, 2) nuggets of truth from the chapter, 3) questions for family discussion, 4) songs that celebrate the truths of the Creed, and 5) prayer prompts.

GIVE THEM JESUS equips parents to prepare their children to leave home and go out into the world as faithful participants in the great gospel story. "Never stop telling the gospel story to your kids," Thornton says. "Give your children Jesus. Again. And again. And again. And you'll see them walk in the truth."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478920717
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,178,438
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Dillon T. Thornton (PhD in New Testament, University of Otago) has nearly two decades of diverse ministry experience. He has shepherded churches in Alabama, Colorado, and New Zealand. Presently, he serves as the Senior Pastor of Faith Community Church (EPC) in Seminole, FL. Dillon is a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians, a highly regarded organization of local church pastors who also serve as writing theologians for the broader Christian community. In his writing, preaching, teaching, and other aspects of pastoral work, Dillon seeks to equip people of all ages to love Christ with their whole hearts, think Christianly about the world and everything in it, and live faithfully by displaying the beautiful truth of the gospel in every sphere of life. In his spare time, Dillon does CrossFit, drinks far too much coffee, reads C.S. Lewis, and watches adventure movies. He and his wife, Jamie, have two energetic boys, Aidan and Cullen, and live in Seminole, Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Don't Pass Your Children to the "Professionals" 1

Becoming a Parent-Theologian 5

Prioritizing Family Worship 8

Starting with the Apostles' Creed 14

Chapter 1 The Father

Theology and Pastries 19

Thinking Rightly About the Triune God 21

Focusing on the Father 28

The Creator and His Good Creation 34

Chapter 2 The Son's Identity and First Coming

What Scrooge and Schwarzenegger Have in Common 49

Of Apple Trees and Apples: Humanity's Sinfulness 52

The Son with No Beginning: Jesus' Deity 56

God with Meat: Jesus' Humanity 60

The Mission of the God-Man 65

Chapter 3 The Son's Death and Resurrection

The Challenge of Explaining the Cross to Our Children 75

The Event of the Crucifixion: What Happened at Golgotha? 77

The Dilemma of Our Pardon: Why Can't God Just Forgive Us? 81

The Perfect Substitute: What Is the Meaning of the Cross and the Empty Tomb? 85

"Look to Jesus" 91

Chapter 4 The Son's Present Ministry and Second Coming

The New Creation and the Shark Who Ate Me 103

The Appearance and Disappearance of Jesus: Understanding the Ascension 105

The Uncertainty of Jesus' Reappearance 112

The Reality of Resurrection 118

Planet Heaven 122

Chapter 5 The Holy Spirit

Killing the Heavenly Buzz 135

He Who Is God 137

He Who Gives Life 140

He Who Guides and Empowers 147

Scratching Dragons, Talking to Statues 155

Chapter 6 The Church

Why We Can't Be "Done" with the Church 167

Four Essential Features of the People of God 170

Three Questions to Ask of a Potential Church Home 178

Concluding and Beginning Again: We Never Outgrow Our Need for the Gospel 187

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

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Give Them Jesus: Raising Our Children on the Core Truths of the Christian Faith 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sarah823SP More than 1 year ago
I'm a children's ministry person. I have three children of my own. I teach and create lessons on the core truths of my faith- so when I saw that I could review this book as a Netgalley reviewer, I knew nothing about it, but jumped at the opportunity. This book is written for parent-theologians the author labels us. The theology it covers all revolves around the apostle's creed. First, let me say this was not the one or two sitting book that I often find when it deals with our children and faith. This book is jam packed with theological concepts to ensure that we know the core truths (reformed perspective) so we can raise our children in them. It's deep. That being said. It's deep but I did not find it hard to read, or think it's over the average parent's or even new christian's head. There are stories and anecdotes right along with the doctrine taught making it an enjoyable read. I just don't read through non fiction fast when it's a lot of truth in one book. Second, I won't speak to the accuracy of his theology. The author writes from a reformed perspective, and I will let those more well versed at the ins and outs of this teaching share it's inaccuracies or their objections. I found it to be true to what I know of this theology and focused on the bigger picture of these teachings rather than the more nuanced teachings of different faith groups. It's evangelically written with faith as the center. I found this book a worthy tool because it is written with connections for the reader, concepts are well defined, even the greek translations are mentioned, but in a clear teaching so that the reader learns the concept in light of the creed. It's a book that I think anyone who is interested in this topic could easily read and understand-which makes it quality as the reading teacher that I am. I especially appreciated that value of all of this learning not being dependent on the local church, but the reminder that all of the teachings that are parent led, are supported, reinforced, and found in active, consistent participation in a local gathering of followers of Christ- the Church. I would recommend this book to others who want to raise their children in the Christian Faith. Thanks Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book.
ReynaOrozco More than 1 year ago
This book came out of the oven September 11th 2018. Just give it a try! Even if you don't know the author I invite you to just read the intro and I am sure you will want to keep going. It is a book that gives you a lot to think about, you will want to wait and think, go through your own thinking and keep going. I invite you to take a notebook while you read, there are many things that will come up to your mind and you need to write down. There are things that you will find out that you are doing just great and some others that you know you need to change or to implement. I thank God for men who care for families and want to invest in them, intentionally, Finally the best we can give them is Jesus. I really want to become a parent-theologian. It is a book that quotes Tripp (author that I truly like and respect) and some very interesting others, i enjoyed that, even when sometimes I felt I already knew or read before what he shared. It is good to review things that you think you have mastered but you have not. You will determine and decide if you want to pass your children to the "professionals" or you want to take the baton and invest in their lives to help them grow in faith. I enjoyed to know that the author is a pastor kid himself. My children are, and it is important to me to know something about their point of view, even when every situation is so different. If you struggle as almost every family with time together you may find useful the Family Worship Guide, you may want to add your own family order and style. They will feel our love, heart, intention and consistency.
OakTreeReviews More than 1 year ago
Give Them Jesus: Raising Our Children on the Core Truths of the Christian Faith by Dillon T. Thornton, PhD, is an important book about instilling the love of Christ in our children. I like how the book talks about prioritizing family worship and goes into depth about the nature of Jesus, exploring Jesus’ life, identity, death, resurrection, and Second Coming. Thornton excellently examines the Church and our role as part of the church body as we fellowship with other Christians. One great thing about the book is that it delves into key truths of the Christian faith, outlining the basic beliefs of Christianity that should be taught to our children. The book is well formatted, and I like how after each chapter, there is a “Family Worship Guide” that acts as a devotion to talk about specific Bible passages and ask relevant reflection questions. Give Them Jesus is a thoughtful book, and I appreciate the author’s insight on topics such, “Why can’t god just forgive us?” and “What is the meaning of the cross and the empty tomb?” Parents and children may want to read this book together as they discuss God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I received this book for review.