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
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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