In God’s kindness, we have the opportunity this year to host the Stand for the Gospel conference in Christchurch. This year, Paul Davison from Hastings Baptist Church will be speaking at this year’s South Island conference, in a seminar titled “Applying The Gospel to our Parenting”. Paul shares more about himself and the seminar he’ll be taking below.
1. Briefly share with us how you became a Christian.
I became a Christian in my last year of high school. I was struck by a friend whose Christian faith was clearly evident as he coped with the death of a parent. He had a real hope in the face of death – something I knew I didn’t have.
Invitations to church led to clarity about the gospel, conviction, and commitment to Jesus on my part.
2. Why do you think what you’re teaching on is an important topic?
Most people, whether they are Christian or not, want to make a decent effort at being a good parent. For parents who are followers of Jesus, we want the gospel to shape and effect even the way we parent. But if we look up the passages that directly address parenting it’s actually a very short list. What I’m seeking to do is help people see how the bigger and broader movements of the Bible’s storyline actually contribute practically to our parenting.
3. What do you hope will be filling people’s minds and hearts as they walk away from your message(s)?
A gospel frame-work covering the broad sweep of the Bible applied to parenting, but also applicable to other areas of everyday life.
4. Can you expand on one point that you’ll be making in your message(s)?
One danger for Christian parents, in their zeal to use the Bible to mould their parenting, can be to slide towards legalism or license. This unbalanced approach happens typically because we put too much weight on one part of the Bible … or we treat all parts of the Bible as equal. However, the Bible has a beginning, a middle and an end – the OT is fulfilled in the NT; NT realities have their roots in the OT. How we put the Bible together, how we read from the beginning to the end, all this will impact the way we live our lives: including how we parent our children.
5. How has what you’re going to speak on affected your own life?
I’m a parent of four daughters. Two are at University and two are in their last years at high-school. I’ve nearly finished the “at home” parenting phase. I’ve lived with the tension, the failures, the successes, and the confusion of seeking to be a godly parent – and getting clear about what the Bible has to teach me has been an important part of that journey.
6. What would you say to someone who is trying to decide whether or not to come to STAND conference?
It’s definitely worth coming to hear an international speaker of the calibre of Carl Trueman.
Join Paul and others in rejoicing in the sufficiency of the Gospel. For more details and to register for STAND 2015, visit: http://www.standforthegospel.org/conference/stand-2015/.