Cover photo of God’s Grand Vision for the Home, from Amazon.com
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: ‘God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.’” –Matthew 28:18-20, The Message
In studying Christian education and discipleship, I read God’s Grand Vision for the Home, by Dr. Rob Rienow. This is a great book for spiritual formation within families and in the home.
The premise of God’s Grand Vision for the Home is that we must be teaching our children and youth about Jesus within our families and within our homes.
God's grand vision is that we know and serve Jesus and this is not something we do just at church once or twice a week, this is something we live out daily by His Grace.
Our faith in Jesus is our life. We must be studying God's word, we must be constantly teaching one another, and we must be worshiping and serving Jesus together as His family. As followers of Jesus, we should fully integrate discipleship into every facet of our lives, consistently learning, teaching, and practicing the gospel together.
Dr. Rienow states in his book that the number one purpose of the family is to make disciples of Jesus. He says, “God created your family to be a discipleship center. God made your family so that you would help each other to love Him more. You are together so that you might help each other discover Christ, grow in Him together and together make a difference in the world for Him.”
Discipleship is extremely important to God. He has crafted the communities that we are a part of, the church, the family of God, and our nuclear families, to make learners and students of His son Jesus Christ.
I highly recommend this little book for thinking critically about integrating discipleship in the family.
For more resources, check out VisionaryParenting.com.
This review is posted on my blog, My Two Mites, and is also published on Amazon.com, goodreads, CBD, and Examiner.com.