Gospel Centered Parenting

May 15, 2023

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Gospel centered parenting is filled with complexities, mysteries, and endless situations that call for practical advice. As parents, we often get so bogged down in questions of what to do that we lose sight of why we’re doing what we do and how we should do it. My aim here is to take a big picture view of parenting. I will not answer all the questions, but I want to offer a way of thinking about parenting that will help with specific difficulties. The big picture of parenting is the big picture of the Bible because parenting is a depiction of the gospel. Consider the language Scripture uses to describe our relationship to God: Conversion is called being “born again” (John 3:3); our salvation is called an “inheritance” (1 Pet. 1:3-4); God disciplines those He loves (Prov. 3:11-12); we are called “children of God” (John 1:12, 3:1). Our father/child relationship to God is so significant that Sinclair Ferguson says, “This is the fundamental way for the Christian to think about himself: ‘I am a child of God and his people are my brothers and sisters.’” Parenting is a picture of the gospel: to us, to our kids, and to the world around us.

This article answers questions like:

  • What is the goal of parenting?
  • How does the gospel give us a framework for parenting?
  • The difference between functional and formative parenting

If you are a parent with young children, we invite you to read through this article as a way of better understanding how the gospel of Jesus applies to this important area of life.

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