In our experience, the D6 Reformation begins by addressing three key areas:
Home, Church and Education.
"You shall teach them diligently to your children..." Deuteronomy 6 makes it clear that the home is where Godly training begins. Godly training requires parents with good Biblical tools.
Ephesians 4:11-16 describes the gift of Godly leaders in the church who "equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Godly training at home is supported by strong leadership and Biblical teaching.
Christ told his disciples, "A disciple is not above his teacher...but when fully trained will be like his teacher." How our children are taught and who we allow to teach them matters greatly.
Tools for Home
Equipping your home is the first step. We have a few recommendations to get you started.
- A good Bible translation is essential. We recommend the English Standard Version (ESV) because it is faithful to the original language and yet very easy to read. Also consider purchasing the ESV Study Bible for its excellent commentary, maps and illustrations.
- The Reformation Heritage Study Bible is another excellent study bible. This KJV study bible includes commentary based in Reformed Theology which maintains the authority of scripture, the sovereignty of God and salvation by grace. It also includes sections designed specifically for family worship.
- Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade
A quick easy way to begin family devotionals is to use Training Hearts, Teaching Minds - a daily devotional based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It can be found at many retailers including christianbook.com.
- Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham
Voddie Baucham has written many books on family, fatherhood and the church. Family Driven Faith can be found at many retailers including christianbook.com.
- Gather the Family: Open the Word, Awaken the Worship by the Franklin Springs Family Media
This documentary was produced by Franklin Springs Family Media and reveals the joy that can be found in daily family worship. This documentary may be found at multiple retailers including christiancinema.com.
As you move forward with reforming your home, questions may come up about theology, science and other matters.
It may seem overwhelming to walk your family through some of the more difficult questions. Here are a few resources that we believe handle the difficult questions well:
- Answers Books 1, 2, & 3 by Ken Ham.
- The School of Biblical Evangelism by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron
- Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Tools for Church
What to look for in a local church to reinforce what you're teaching at home.
Proverbs teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This "wisdom" begins with God's word in the home. However, the Lord also gave us his Church and through it, facilitates Christian growth. As you are looking for a local church, consider the following scriptures to aid you in your search:
- Gospel-centered (Mk 16:15)
- Discipleship focused (Matt 28:18-20)
- Love and integrity are primary values (1 Cor 13:13)
- Elder-led according to biblical qualifications with deacons as needed (1 Tim 2; 1 Tim 3; Titus 1)
- Observation of New Testament practices and ordinances, including church discipline (1 Cor 5; 1 Cor 11)
- Age-integrated, which is the biblical pattern (Eph 6:1-3; Col 3:20)
- Biblical manhood and womanhood lived out (Eph 5: 22-33; Titus 2:1-8)
- Expository preaching as normative (2 Tim 3:16-17)
- Missions and church-planting oriented (Titus 1:5; Jam 1:27)
- Gospel-based stewardship and giving (Lk 6:38; 2 Cor 9:7)
You may also find that participating in a family integrated church is helpful. Our friends at the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC) can help!
We also recommend a few resources that speak to the importance of the God fearing, biblically sound church.
- The Playbook by Dr. Carlton C. McLeod
- The following sermons by Dr. Carlton C. McLeod
Tools for Education
The choices we make when deciding how to educate our children will have long-lasting results.
Instilling a biblical worldview in our children requires time, prayer and consistency. What they learn, where they learn and who teaches them should be a concern for every Christian parent.
Here are some resources to consider:
- How to Homeschool with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) by Rachael Carman and Leslie Nunnery
- Biblical Worldview of God and Truth: Volume 1: Who Is God? by John Hay and David Webb
- Education Reformation by Ray Fournier
- IndoctriNation by Colin Gunn & Joaquin Fernandez
- The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE)
FACE is an organization that focuses on teaching America’s Christian history. They also teach a method of education called The Principle Approach to produce Christian character, self-government, Christian scholarship and biblical reasoning.
- Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV)
HEAV is a member supported, statewide, non-profit homeschool association. While HEAV serves homeschooling families of Virginia, consider looking in your state for homeschool associations that can provide local support.
- Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. They offer legal assistance and guidance regarding the laws of your state.
What about the financial changes I need to make in order to raise my children at home?
This is a question we hear quite often and is worth considering. The typical American family is a two income household with children in school or daycare. It is also not unusual for the average American family to have large amounts of debt. In many cases, both incomes are needed to sustain this way of living. Scaling down and/or freeing up your finances may become necessary.
David Ramsey's book Total Money Makeover and his course Financial Peace University are excellent ways to get started down the road of home education.