When we think of the Great Commission, we usually think of missionaries in a foreign country. But we can fulfill the Great Commission in our own homes. Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris and his guest discuss how.
For many years I have been convinced that homeschooling is one of the best ways to fulfill the Great Commission—“Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19; NIV). God expected Abraham to disciple his son Issac, who was to disciple his son Jacob, who was to disciple his 12 sons. A discipled family was to become discipled tribes, and 12 discipled tribes were to become a discipled nation.
But how many of us are taking the time to intentionally disciple our children? We’ve scheduled time for science and literature and piano and sports. But what about time spent as a family reading God’s Word together? Or praying together?
With me this week is Rev. Henry Reyenga, the pastor of Family of Faith Church in Monee, Illinois; and he’s president of Christian Leaders. He is the author of The Spontaneous Spread of Home-Discipleship Christianity. Henry, welcome to the program!
Rev. Henry Reyenga:
Thank you, Mike!
How do you define home discipleship?
The Great Commission starts in your home. Almost everyone has a home—single, married, in a family. When your home is strong and following Christ through talking to God (that is, prayer), and listening to God (that is, reading God’s Word, the Bible), you can’t help but spread and reproduce to others your growing relationship with Christ. It becomes spontaneous! One more thing: this talking and listening relationship with God needs to actually be done repeatedly. In our fragmented lives, this is often quite challenging.
We’ll continue this discussion next time. I’m Mike Farris.