Family Disciple Making
At the beginning of the year, Westover went through a sermon series unpacking what it means to be a disciple and what it looks like to make disciples. This summer, Westover Kids is inviting you and your family into a summer of intentional disciple-making.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV).
What could Disciple-Making look like in my home?
The idea is to implement daily family devotions into an already existing space or rhythm for your family. There's no specific time of the day or place it has to happen. Now, for the intentionality, we want to encourage you to set a goal of having a family devotion 5 times a week!
Want a suggestion on what to use for family devotions?
If a starting place would be helpful, we have a suggestion. 'Dinner Table Devotions: 40 Days of Spiritual Nourishment for Your Family' by Nancy Guthrie. This family devotional was designed with the idea in mind of engaging in spiritual conversations as a family while gathering around the table for dinner. In the books introduction, Guthrie gives some practical advice and insight on how families can use the book.
Now, depending on the season your family is in, dinnertime might be a little hectic and even the thought of trying to do a devotion during that time might be stressful. That's ok! If there's another time during the day that works best for your family, go for it! No matter what your schedule looks like, the idea is simply to be intentional about having daily spiritual conversations as a family.
For families with toddlers, if you would like suggestions on how to do devotions in your home, check out Amy Gannett's 'How to us a Morning Basket for Toddler Discipleship'. It's a downloadable guide through which she explains what is in their morning basket and how they use all their resources. Amy Gannett is the brains behind Tiny Theologians -a website full of resources for discipling 2-12 year old children.
Where can I get that book!?
Easy. Starting Sunday May 29th, the Westover bookstore will have copies on sale for $9 or you can oder a copy from Amazon.
We hope that you will join us in this summer of family disciple-making. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Westover Kids here!