Welcome the first experiment with our book study feature! We are just starting Sticky Faith by Kara Powell & Chap Clark, so if you are just in time to join us from the beginning. Be sure to share with your friends if you find this useful!
It’s time for us to present a trust in Jesus Christ that extends beyond attendance and participation in church events for our children. The biblical extrapolation of this is the seed falling on rocky soil that sprouts quickly but withered quickly because it had no roots (Mark 4:5-6). To borrow that illustration further, church activities are shallow soil only meant to compliment the opportunity that parents have to daily convey a rich, complex faith in Christ.
Overall, our children are graduating high school without a firm understanding of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as the source of our actions or “good deeds” (p. 33). Perhaps we could infer that adults/parents lack a complete enough understanding to convey it themselves. The “gospel of sin management” is very prevalent (p. 34). How often do we only turn to the God or the Church when something goes poorly or is out of our control? The Gospel is not an anecdote, it is the full redemption of humanity and the source of all life!
“Spiritual disciplines do not make us righteous because we do them, but rather they put us in a position to be drawn into trusting Christ more fully” (p. 35). There are some great examples of how to trust God with your money, time, and relationships as a family on pages 43-46.
Questions to Discuss
- How is your faith engaged in the “gospel of sin management”?
- What is the biggest obstacle to helping your child(ren) understand that the primary call of a Christian is to trust Christ?
- “Obedience is the response to trust”. How do point your child(ren) to trust Christ when the prevailing Christian culture appears more focused on obedience?
- In light of this chapter, how do you view your child’s faith?