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  • ISBN: 9780-9820567-76
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Building a God-Centered Family: A Father’s Manual (Matthew Henry, edited by Scott Brown)

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Matthew Henry is known worldwide in our time as the author of his famous commentary on the Scriptures. But far less known in our day is the fact that Henry was a model of faithful fatherhood during his lifetime. Henry took his duties as a father seriously. And it showed. One observer noted that the Henry household was like unto the “gates of heaven” where he and his wife governed all family life by the Word of God.

Matthew Henry carried his passion for family discipleship into the pulpit. On April 16, 1704, he preached an abundantly practical sermon entitled, A Church in the House: A Sermon Concerning Family-Religion, as an encouragement to fathers to develop the spiritual life of their families in their homes. This book – Building A God Centered Family: A Father’s Guide – is Scott Brown’s revised title for that valuable sermon.
Henry exhorted that “every house should be a little church”. Not that the home can or should replace the church, but that our homes should also be a place of worship, prayer, and learning the Word of God.
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Building a God-Centered Family

A Father’s Manual

Matthew Henry is known worldwide in our time as the author of his famous commentary on the Scriptures. But far less known in our day is the fact that Henry was a model of faithful fatherhood during his lifetime. Henry took his duties as a father seriously. And it showed. One observer noted that the Henry household was like unto the “gates of heaven” where he and his wife governed all family life by the Word of God.

As an English non-conformist pastor, Henry carried his passion for family discipleship into the pulpit. On April 16, 1704, he preached an abundantly practical sermon entitled, A Church in the House: A Sermon Concerning Family-Religion, as an encouragement to fathers to develop the spiritual life of their families in their homes. Henry exhorted that “every house should be a little church”. His point was not that the home should replace the church, but that the home should become a fountain of blessing for both the local church and the community at large.
We are now pleased to offer this reprint of Henry’s sermon in Building A God Centered Family: A Father’s Guide.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Here the Reformation Must Begin
  • What Does It Mean to Have a Church in the House
  • Motives to Persuade You to Turn Your Houses into Churches
  • Exhortations for Applying These Things

About Scott Brown

Scott T. Brown is the president of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) and elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. Scott devotes his time to local pastoral ministry, conferences on fatherhood, church reformation, and strengthening the family. He has been married to Deborah for over 30 years and they have four grown children. It is his passion to help people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family.

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