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How Our Children Come to Faith (Basics of the Faith)

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How Our Children Come to Faith (Basics of the Reformed Faith)
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Presbyterian and Reformed (first published January 30th 2007)
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Brad
Aug 20, 2013 Brad rated it liked it
Three short chapters:
"Bringing Our Children to Christ"
"You Must Be Born Again"
"The Conversion of Our Children"

Each short chapter ends with a brief section for discussion and reflection.

Paedobaptist in perspective, but generally charitably nuanced as seen when he writes: "The inward conviction by parents that our children are gifts *from* God and *for* God is not limited to those who practice infant baptism" (p7).

Two quotations give the author's emphasis:
1) "The heart of the matter is that we pa
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Jeremy
Feb 01, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it
This is a very good brief on the reformed understanding of how children raised in believing homes come to Christ. Not that there is a different pathway, but the pamphlet helps to distinguish between regeneration and conversion, and underscores that parents must be active in praying for and nurturing their children in the word. It also recognizes that not everyone is going to have a "turn or burn" dramatic testimony, but that those quiet and peaceful confessions must be validated as well.
Wade
May 02, 2015 Wade rated it really liked it
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This is a really helpful, and Biblical, short booklet about what it looks like for Christian parents to bring their children to Jesus. Smallman makes a very clear distinction between regeneration and conversion. He also makes it clear that children who grow up in a covenant family do not always have as clear of a “conversion story” as someone who comes to faith as an adult. Children of believers need to be converted, but it is important to not describe conversion as first-and-foremost an ...more
Mark A Powell
Sep 08, 2016 Mark A Powell rated it liked it
When Christians have children, how are we to understand the relationship between those children and the church? Teaching from a covenantal perspective, Smallman discusses that relationship in this booklet, arguing that children of believers should be baptized because of their standing in their parents’ community of faith. Much is to be commended in Smallman’s sincerity and conviction. While I disagree with the majority of his conclusions, he nevertheless presents his point of view consistently ...more
Gavin Breeden
Jan 18, 2013 Gavin Breeden rated it really liked it
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Very helpful booklet explaining the Reformed-Presbyterian position on how God works covenantally in families. He touches on baptism, faith, and conversion briefly while pointing out the many promises that God makes in the Bible to believers and their children. Definitely a book I'd give out to parents with questions and parents without questions, for that matter.
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Stephen Smallman has served for over forty years in pastoral ministry and was the executive director of World Harvest Mission (now Serge). He currently teaches for CityNet Ministries of Philadelphia and is an assistant pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
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