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Trained in the Fear of God: Family Ministry in Theological, Historical, and Practical Perspective Paperback – August 19, 2011

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About the Author

Randy Stinson (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Church Ministries at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and serves as president of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Timothy Paul Jones (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of leadership and church ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written a number of books, including Misquoting Truth and Perspectives on Family Ministry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional; 53809th edition (August 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825439078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825439070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have not read this whole book, but it's definitely not because I don't want to, this is a hefty book and it's not one to just read through in a day or two. I'm about half way through and everything has been so good about this book - if you're wanting more information on family ministry whether it's family equipping or family integrated churches, this book will help in understanding how to implement and why parents, and especially dads should be equipped in how to train their children up in God's Word. This book really hits home for me since we're looking for a church that doesn't segregate according to age - I've yet to see in the Bible how age segregation is Biblical and with my children being homeschooled most of the Sunday school curricula are written at a level below that of my children since we integrate God's Word into our school day.

The book is divided into three parts:

The Character of God and the Created Order: A Biblical and Theological Framework for Considering Family Relationships
Covenants and Community: Family Discipleship in Christian History
Growing the Family of God: Guiding a Congregation toward Theologically Grounded Family Ministry

Within each part there are chapters that cover the following, although this is not an exhaustive list by any means:

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: The Trinity as Theological Foundation for Family Ministry, Bruce A. Ware
Male and Female, He Created Them: Gender Roles and Relationships in Biblical Perspective, Randy Stinson
Among Your Company at Home: Family Discipleship in the Late Ancient and Medieval Churches, C.
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This book comes at a timely moment for me, as pastor of a church that is concerned about continuing a pattern of godly, biblical training for all ages. For the last 15 years, we've attempted (not without struggles, mind you) to create a more favorable multi-generational approach to Christian Education. We don't want our children to feel isolated. This is the problem that so often leads to teens abandoning the church once they've left home--they've never been made to feel like they belong there in the first place. We also want our parents to realize that what we offer at the church is not to be the frontline of discipleship for their children: they are!

Trained in the Fear of God might not be the easiest book to read, at least in the opening portion, as the authors lay out some of the historical background, but if you're willing to dig deep here, it lays a good foundation for where we need to go next. The practical sections will give the most help, but don't neglect the foundational building blocks of the theological reasons "why" we should be involved in family-equipping ministry. If you just jump to the "how to's" you'll simply be adding programs to your church--something you don't need to do.

I would recommend this book to leaders within churches, both vocational and lay leaders. I'm convinced the future demands that we take this approach. I recommend it for parents as well, but my initial thought is they may need encouragement to stick with the reading. It almost comes across as more of an academic, college-class-type of approach and most moms and dads aren't going to tackle something on that level, especially if they're feeling "desperate."
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In nearly ever church I've attended, I have noticed the alarming problem of faith being lost from one generation to the next. Children raised by godly parents seem to have no true concept of faith on their own, missing the relationship that seemed so vibrant in their parents. What could possibly have gone wrong?

The answer is discipleship - or, rather, a lack thereof. Parents often live unaware of the need to disciple their children at home. Instead, they entrust their children to programs of the church. Regardless of the inherent success of those programs, they are only intended to be reinforcements of what is taught on a daily basis in the home. If nothing is taught at home, true discipleship is lacking.

Trained in the Fear of God, edited by Randy Stinson and Timothy Paul Jones, is a collection of thoughts from a variety of authors who are concerned about the lack of family discipleship.

The target audience for Trained in the Fear of God is church leadership. The goal is to educate and equip church leaders with the foundational resources necessary to equip families to disciple in their own homes. But, I can see this book being equally useful in the hands of any church member. One family living out discipleship in their own home could have an incredible impact on other families in the church.

Trained in the Fear of God is divided into three parts.

Part one covers the Biblical and theological framework for in-home discipleship, laying the ground work for why it is essential for parents to train up their own children.
Part two deals with family discipleship in the historical context, moving through church history to show where discipleship has and has not been evident.
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