The authors encourage families to develop mission statements. The scripture came to mind that without a vision or a revelation, a people will perish. Pipes and Lee make it abundantly clear that if our families are going to be places of Christian growth, discipleship, and evangelism, then our families need a plan to follow the leading of the Lord. Parents must come together to decide what they want their family to become and how they want to conduct family living. The truth is in front of us daily. If we don't prioritize our time and make serving God a priority, the world will fill up our calendar for us and before we realize it, God has been squeezed out. Our family mission statements have to go beyond just family devotions or requiring everyone to read the Bible together. It's a partnership and an interaction instead. Parents have a responsibility to make the Gospel message relevant in their home by living it and making it enjoyable and understandable. Again, if this isn't done, there are plenty of other voices that will feel the minds and curiosities of our children.
Beyond just a good idea however, Pipes and Lee go to lengths to talk about evangelistic projects families can do in their neighborhoods, communities, and even regionally and globally in terms of missions. A great deal of information is presented in the book about how to go about putting events together and many would definitely be great ideas to put in practice. Again, the truth remains that simply talking about the Lord and His command to evangelize and show love to all people will result in disappointment, disillusionment, and disunion if we're only talking about the commands and practicing them.
In terms of witnessing and evangelism, the authors encourage families to look for opportunities to witness. They tell stories of Christian families becoming aware of their neighbors and their situations. Readers are encouraged to pay attention to the needs of others and take advantage of opportunities to show God's love as a doorway to sharing Christ and their testimonies. I especially liked the story about Robert and the garbage men. Something so simple became something so profound. No doubt the garbage men had probably heard about Christ before or if nothing else were hit in the face with church as they emptied church's trash cans on a weekly basis. But when Robert decided to ask them if there was anything they needed and then showed the kindness of Christ to them, word spread in the profession that Christ had been found in a person instead of a church. In many cases, evangelism can start long before we ever say a word about our testimonies.
I enjoyed the book by Pipes and Lee. I feel they made some great points about family mission and evangelism. It definitely gave me a lot to think about. I would encourage others to read the book as well and to be challenged in leading our homes and to learn to take pride and responsibility for those God has given us in our families.