If you’re a church leader, perhaps the best thing you can do is to learn more. Hopefully the resources and links provided here will help in that process. More will be added in the future.
If you’re a dad, you can take the matter into your own hands. You can look to your church for help, but don’t stop there. As you can see, thousands of tools are sitting on the shelves, waiting to find a way into your hands and heart. The following recommendations are for you too.
Consider and embrace a Biblical worldview
“What’s that?” you ask. George Barna, in Think Like Jesus, states, “a biblical worldview is thinking like Jesus. It is a way of making our faith practical to every situation we face each day. A biblical worldview is a way of dealing with the world such that we act like Jesus twenty-four hours a day because we think like Jesus.”
He offers this analogy: “It’s like having a pair of special eyeglasses we wear that enables us to see things differently, to see things from God’s point of view, and to respond to those perceptions in the way He would prescribe if He were to provide us with direct and personal revelation.” (p 4)
For years, Barna has used six belief statements to describe a biblical worldview. They are:
1. God is the all-knowing, all powerful Creator of the universe who still rules that universe today.
2. When Jesus Christ was on earth He lived a sinless life.
3. Satan is not just a symbol of evil but is a real, living entity.
4. A person cannot earn his or her eternal salvation by being good or doing good things for other people; salvation is the free gift of God.
5. Every person who believes in Jesus Christ has a personal responsibility to share his or her faith in Him with other people who believe differently.
6. The Bible is totally accurate in all that it teaches.
Do you agree with all of these statements? If not, what do you disagree with and why? On what are you basing your beliefs or arguments against them? Are they based on Scripture? If you don’t embrace a biblical worldview, what will you teach your children?
How do I come to terms with my own questions about faith and the Bible? Consider these tried and true books/websites:
- More Than a Carpenter, (over 15 million sold); The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell, or visit www.josh.org for answers to questions like: Is Jesus really God? Can I trust the Bible? and Is there evidence for the Resurrection? Free, full-length, pdf books, audios, and videos.
- The Case for Christ, The Case for the Real Jesus, The Case for Faith, The Case for Creator, Lee Strobel, or visit www.leestrobel.com for articles and videos.
- Think Like Jesus, Make the Right Decision Every Time, George Barna, or visit www.barna.org
Ask God to enlighten the eyes of your understanding (Ephesians 1:18) in the knowledge of Him. Ask him to reveal his truth to you, that his Word would speak to you and make sense to you.
Allow the Lord to turn your heart, to transform you
Read the articles What’s in a Domain Name? and Blessed to be a Blessing.
Resolve to do better
Have you watched Courageous? Think ahead. Consider the consequences. Do you want your children to have faith? Do you want them to be saved? Do you want them to know that heaven awaits them? If your answer is “Yes,” then learn what you can do to instill faith in them, to bring them up in the Lord. And decide, wholeheartedly, to do it no matter what!
Apply yourself. Choose a book or on-line article that will challenge your thinking. Then find some time and give it your best!
Get some tools
Check out the links to other web sites. Thousands of resources are available, many for free. Want a book but you don’t know what to get? Reviews are sometimes available online. You can often get both the good and the bad, by everyday people, on Amazon.
Get help–be accountable
Talk to a pastor or ministry leader for advice. Some men do best when others hold them accountable for their commitments or promises. Seek someone out. Commit to change.
Most men know what it’s like to work hard in their jobs, whether physically, mentally or both. Maybe you wear out your work gloves, the knees in your jeans, the arms on your desk chair, or the road to the airport all too often. Perhaps you’re putting in way too many hours or know the stress of too few hours, and come home exhausted. The thought of “going to work” when you get home because your wife or children need you is, in a word, challenging. Often home is a place of rest and relaxation, but, depending on the ages and needs of your family members, more of your time, energy, creative juices, conversations and physical labor might be required. You need to take time for yourself, but you’ll also need to work hard so that you’re not giving your family second best. Barna says it this way. “If I am going to be aggressive about something, it should be in how I intentionally shape the lives of my children.” (147)
God is moving, in a new and unique way, to reestablish the role of the home in the spiritual growth and development of its children. Malachi 4:5-6 says that God will “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” through Elijah the prophet, “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” More and more voices agree that we’re witnessing a significant shift in the fulfillment of this prophetic word. A lot has taken place, but more, much more, awaits us.