In fact, one of the qualifications of an Elder is good stewardship of one's family.  That's because discipleship begins at home, with your family.  What is more, discipleship can then pour out from your family as your spouse and children will help share a healthy part in the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations.  But how do we accomplish this?

When it comes to missional living and increasing our gospel footprint, we can often reserve it for those in vocational ministry or even leaders within a church.  But what about families?  We've already touched on families and kids in a few different articles already (see "A Missional Family" and "3 Ways Your Kids Can Help You Love Your Neighbors"), yet it bears a reminder.  God has always been intentional about families...

4“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.b 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” - Deut. 6:4-9

Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase.  This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish.  As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.

Here's the first article that we can look at when it comes to families:

Would It Help If There Was More Than One Of You


This is part one of the continuing article series, "Family On Mission."