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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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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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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.Read more ›
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."
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.Read more ›
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Trained in the Fear of God is a wonderful resource that makes the connection to help shift the ideology from the "programatic-segmented" culture of the church towards the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by TylerRSmith
"Trained in the Fear of God" provides deep theological, historical, and practical reflection for the growing family-equipping movement within evangelical churches. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Casey McCall
I was delighted to have the chance to read "Trained In the Fear of God", as I am always intersted in books on theology and biblical perpective and History. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Godspoetic1
This is an excellent resource to help those in ministry consider what a true gospel saturated church should look like. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Gkeen1
Trained in the Fear of God began so well I was reading it with a highlighter. I was excited by statements like: "Christian households and churches are not shelters from the... Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by theresa
There are so many books to be read . . . some cover to cover and some browsed as a reference. I found this book difficult to get into initially but when I got over my need to read... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Karla
There is a classic story (that probably has Jewish roots) about a new bride that is cooking her first big dinner for her husband. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Michael Leake