Organic Outreach for Families: Turning Your Home into a Lighthouse
by Kevin G. Harney and Sherry Harney
I have three young daughters, so training them up in God’s Word and helping them be the light of Christ to their friends and in their schools is often on my mind. The Harneys’ book, Organic Outreach for Families, addresses some of my primary questions as a Christian parent: How do you reach in to disciple your children and help them develop their own personal and real relationship with Jesus Christ? And then how do we as a family reach out to our community with the love and witness of Jesus?
So often this is a difficult balance. We want to protect our children from worldly influences and keep them safe, so we collapse inward. Sometimes that means we associate only with Christians—church, private or home schooling, Christian clubs, Christian activities. All of these can be great, but we may find ourselves without a single relationship with a non-believer.
On the other hand, we can immerse ourselves so much in our community and neighborhoods, focusing on outreach, outreach, outreach…and neglect the discipleship and character formation of our own families. We can grow our children up in a spiritual vacuum, neglecting to teach them God’s Word. Maybe we even talk about God’s Word on a Sunday morning ride home from church, but our behaviors Monday to Saturday don’t match up with our Sabbath selves.
Some of the lessons the Harneys teach in this book are intuitive to many Christian parents: Actually do what you say and practice what you preach. Make conversations about God and the Bible flow naturally out of everyday experiences. Make your home a welcome and fun place to be—for your kids and their friends. Still, there are helpful ideas and practical tips to help Christian families function as the lighthouse to the world God intended them to be without sacrificing the spiritual growth and character of our own families.
Each chapter concludes with a brief summary page, highlighting the points and even giving some tips on how to apply this to your family. Their sons also chime in periodically with their own perspective on growing up in a lighthouse family. Whether your focus currently is teaching your own children about God, reaching your extended family, or sharing Jesus with your community, this book will help you make that a way of life, not just a short-term method or quickly abandoned program.
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