On discipleship

Regarding the Great Commission, and how we are to disciple nations.  From Michael Farris:

God gave us an example in Scripture.  Abraham was expected to disciple Isaac.  Isaac was supposed to disciple Jacob.  Jacob, head of a large homeschooling family of 12 sons plus a number of daughters, was expected to disciple his children.  The 12 sons were to disciple their families and the discipled families were to be faithful tribes, and ultimately produce a discipled nation.
The family is God's intended principal method for discipleship.

The importance of all this becomes apparent when we consider the passage that contains the command that Jesus told us was the most important of all.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  (Deuteronomy 6:4-8)

We are to love God.  We are to teach our children to love God.  And we are to do this teaching as we go through the course of everyday life.


  1. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Recently, I had someone tell me that while I was CALLED to homeschool my children, that she was not...

    Now, I'm not going to argue all the points of that but at the homeschool conference Voddie brought up that as Christians, if we believe that the Bible is true, if we believe that wisdom begins only with the Lord, if we believe that our faith is not only for ourselves but should involve multi-generational discipleship... then we MUST give our children, at the very least, a Christian education. He went so far as to say that he thinks the optimal way to do that is through home education.

    BUT, I'm certainly not as wise as Voddie and definitely not as well spoken so I didn't have that answer ready for her - but it does raise the question then: In many respects, might we ALL be called to homeschool our children?

    1. I'm bummed I missed Voddie.... again!

      I can say with certainty that as Christians, we are all called to teach our children about God. And clearly we think homeschooling is the best means to do that. I'm so thankful for the opportunities we have in our home to truly know our kids and get time with them and to teach them the truths of Scripture!


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