The purpose of this doctoral project is to explore the unique role the home and family play in faith formation among children. It is my premise that God uses the home and family as one of the primary vehicles for passing faith on to the next generation. This is clearly seen in the Old Testament passage of Deuteronomy 6:4–7 along with New Testament passages such as Ephesians 6:1–4.
What role do parents have in discipling their children? How do parents live out their calling to pass on faith to the next generation in the context of home and family? In order to answer these questions, we will engage in a detailed study of the following five observations:
1. Biblical literacy is diminishing among Americans in general and Christians in particular.
2. There is a notable decline in faith among teens and emerging adults today.
3. Parents play a larger role than they may realize in the transmission of faith and formation in the life of their children.
4. Families are spending less and less time together focusing on what matters most: the formation of faith that leads to discipleship to Jesus.
5. Competing views of what “success” looks like as parents can be a significant detriment to the success of faith formation in the family.
Special attention will be given to the role God’s Word and the Holy Spirit play in faith formation. As a part of this doctoral project, a family devotional written to take families through the whole Bible in 100 devotions will be included. This family devotional, attached in the appendix, is written for publication with Harper Collins Christian and is entitled Faith Forward Family Devotional.
|Department:||Talbot School of Theolgy|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Spirituality, Theology|
|Keywords:||Discipleship, Family discipleship, Family worship, Home education, Spiritual formation|
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