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Gospel Centered Family

Becoming the parents God wants you to be

Gospel Centered Family

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By: Tim Chester & Ed Moll
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A parenting manual taking us through the major Bible principles for family life.


Read an independent review from The Gospel Coalition.

Numerous books set out to help Christian parents in the challenging mission of raising their children well—so what's different about this one? Well, the answer's in the title! It's not about how the gospel fits into Christian family life, but how family life should fit into the gospel—God's greatest purpose for this universe, achieved in Christ.

Many books aim to raise up competent, balanced parents and well-trained, well-rounded children. But Tim Chester and Ed Moll focus on families growing God-knowing, Christ-confessing, grace-receiving, servant-hearted, mission-minded believers—adults and children together.

Christian families should be about...
- not just making good citizens but also church planters, missionaries, reformers, servants and evangelists
- not just learning about God but also showing Him to others;
- not just controlling behaviour but also changing the heart;
- not just parents and children, but being an integral part of the wider church family.

In twelve concise chapters, Gospel-Centered Family takes us through the major Bible principles for family life, challenging us to give up our 'respectable' middle-class idols, and to become the distinctively different people that God, through His gospel, calls us to be.

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Tim Chester understands what it means to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your daily life. So, in this very practical book about family life, he shows what it means to rest in grace as parents, to respond with grace to our children and to teach them to hope in grace themselves. This book is a must read for parents. It brims with encouraging grace and practical direction on every page.
- Paul Tripp, Author and Conference Speaker

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: A Gospel-Centered Family
  • 1. Gospel-centered families
  • Your family can show how great it is to live under God's reign of love.
  • 2. Gospel-centered hopes
  • Knowing God is far more important than getting on in life.
  • Part Two: A Grace-Centered Family
  • 3. Disciplining a parent's heart
  • The biggest obstacle to good discipline is our own selfish hearts.
  • 4. Grace for a parent's heart
  • Trying to be a good parent will crush you if you don't embrace grace.
  • 5. Disciplining a child's heart
  • Changing hearts matters more than controlling behaviour.
  • 6. Grace for a child's heart
  • Don't train your child to be a legalist.
  • 7. Children as a gift
  • Make sure you enjoy your children!
  • Part Three: A Word-Centered Family
  • 8. Living the word
  • Teach your children about God in the context of everyday life.
  • 9. The word and other voices
  • Shape what younger children watch and how older children watch.
  • 10. Praying the word
  • Teach children to pray by praying with them.
  • Part Four: A Mission-Centered Family
  • 11. A bigger family
  • We belong to two families.
  • 12. A Serving Family
  • Children are not the centre of the world.

Additional Information

Author Tim Chester, Ed Moll
ISBN 9781908317070
Format Paperback
Dimensions 158mm x 224mm
Pages 96
No. of studies 12
Publisher The Good Book Company

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend

 For those who are struggling with raising kids (young ones and older), I highly recommend this quick read. It is so well written and laid out using Bible scripture as the basis, pointing children to the gospel, cultivating loving hearts toward Jesus, (kids and parents) with very practical application steps. 

| Review by | 17/10/2014

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