Family Discipleship and Bible Reading Rhythms

by Ben Phillips, D.Min.

Southwestern D6 Family Ministry Journal (Volume 6)





Every family has a culture that shapes the rhythms of life in a household. I grew up in a home that emphasized church attendance for spiritual growth. Even after growing up in a church-going home and trusting in Christ, it wasn’t until college that I developed a Bible reading rhythm. I discovered a similar pattern among students on the college campus in my first full-time ministry position. Many grew up in Christian homes attending church but had a stunted Bible reading rhythm. During this season, my wife and I planted our own family. We began to wrestle with how to create a disciple-making culture in our home to equip our children with a regular rhythm of reading and applying the Bible in a way that rooted what they believed and motivated them to obey and share the gospel. Our biblical foundations for family discipleship and cultivated rhythms provided a discipleship pathway that yielded fruitful Bible reading and application.

Ben Phillips, D.Min., is the pastor at FBC Murphy, Texas, and has served as a family ministry consultant for 18 years. He routinely equips parents with a TEACH Faith @ plan for discipling children. He holds a D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.