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How Our Children Come to Faith (Basics of the Faith) (Basics of the Reformed Faith) Paperback – January 10, 2007
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"Smallman gives parents a biblical grid that is at once helpful in shaping our prayers for our children, in instructing us in what needs to be cultivated in them, and in giving us guidance for how to help them appreciate the tremendous blessings held in store via the ordinary means of grace." --Ligon Duncan
"Reading this concise and thorough explanation will encourage your own faith to believe God's promises for our children, our families, and Jesus' church as we tell his story to the next generation." --Sue Jakes
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Stephen Smallman served for over forty years in pastoral ministry. He is an urban missionary serving with CityNet Ministries.
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That said, there is some praiseworthy content to be found. The doctrines of regeneration and conversion are often clouded and stirred together in muddy waters, the author brings some clarity to the differences between the two in a short and understandable way. He holds to the traditional reformed view that regeneration precedes faith. He also makes a short but helpful rebuttal of baptismal regeneration. The greatest strength of this short booklet is its foundation that the Christian parent must trust in God and His sovereignty to save our children. He gently reminds us that our children’s professions (which, growing up in a Christian home, may happen on several occasions) are not the grounds of their salvation, but the God who keeps His promises is. For this, the book is beneficial. However, those in the broader reformed camp that hold to credo-baptism, may find the book reads too much like an apologetic for covenant baptism. [www.familylifepastor.org]