Doug was even so kind as to offer us an impromptu interview for the blog. So, while the video quality is poor since it was taken on Ty’s phone (the one Ken Ham suggested he replace in favor of a “real phone” during a conversation at the AiG booth), and the session in the background is rather loud, the message of this interview is important!
I’ve included a transcript of the interview below so you can follow along, and you can trust that next time we will have a REAL camera along!
Hi! I’m Amy from RaisingArrows.net and I’m here at the Teach Diligently Conference…
Yes! I’m here with Doug Phillips of Vision Forum!
Doug, I want to ask you what are 1 or 2 things that families can do right now right where they are that could help them to begin discipling their family?
I think the very first thing that needs to happen is moms and dads first need to cry out to the Lord, “Give me a vision to love my children more and to obey You.” And it begins by actually repenting from not doing it and it begins by crying out to the Lord saying, “Lord, help me.”
And then the next step is really to gather your children and to say, “Kids, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to read the Bible every day.” We’re going to start there. We’re going to read the Bible. We’re going to go through the book of Proverbs. There’s one Proverb for every day of the month. We can do it that way.
Uh, and then we’re going to have a time for family worship. A lot of parents say, “Well, I don’t know how to do family worship.” It’s actually as simple as opening up the Bible, reading it, and just talking about it with your children and saying, “Kids, what are your prayers? Let’s go before the throne of grace and start praying together.” And it’s, it’s absolutely transforming.
So, Step 1, “Lord, help me. Lord, forgive me. Kids, forgive me.”
Step 2, let’s just start opening the Bible. Let’s start reading. Let’s start praying. And thus will begin the great journey of discipleship which hopefully, will result in actual home education: walking and talking throughout the course of the day with our children.
Thank you so much.
There you have it folks – it is that simple! Let the Lord lead. Don’t worry that you aren’t doing things perfectly!