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Creating a Gospel-Centered Atmosphere on a ZERO Budget – Hf #87: I talk and share a lot about creating a Gospel-centered home. My focus throughout my ministry is to encourage you (and myself) to focus on Christ more and more within our homes.  This week I got a question from a reader about how we can create a Gospel...

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I talk and share a lot about creating a Gospel-centered home. My focus throughout my ministry is to encourage you (and myself) to focus on Christ more and more within our homes. 
This week I got a question from a reader about how we can create a Gospel-centered atmosphere in our home on a ZERO dollar budget. And it got me thinking. 
Yes, there are some things you can buy that can be helpful in your home. And I love sharing resources here on my blog. But more than that, creating a Gospel-centered home can easily be done without spending a dime. So today we are going to cover that topic. Ready? Let's jump in! 
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The Gospel for our entire life
At the heart of it - the Gospel needs to be for our entire life, not just for that moment of salvation. Here's a related podcast you might want to listen to: Hf #12: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?
"We never 'get beyond the gospel' in our Christian life to something more 'advanced.' The gospel is not the first 'step' in a 'stairway' of truths, rather, it is more like the 'hub' in a 'wheel' of truth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C's but the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all progress in the kingdom." - Tim Keller, The Centrality of the Gospel
What is the Gospel? 
We talk about the Gospel so often, that sometimes I wonder if we all have a clear grasp on what it is? I know that for me, I had years of "knowing" what the Gospel was. But when push came to shove...I couldn't explain it all that well. And I certainly didn't understand how it applied to all of my life. 
Yes, the Gospel is for that moment of salvation when you repent of your sin and trust in God. But how do we define it? 
"In short, the Gospel is the life-altering news that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life under the law, died for sinners, and rose again to reconcile them to himself, enterally victorious over every enemy that stood between God and man." - John Hendryx
And this Gospel should impact ALL areas of our life, on a daily basis, rather than just that moment of salvation. And that leads us to creating a Gospel-Centered home. 
A Gospel-Centered home simply implies that we are daily focusing on Christ and the Gospel within our homes. So what are some practical ways to do that? 
Family Worship
The idea of family worship can be elusive. It's hard to know what sort of things we should focus on within our homes. It can be tough to know what that should look like and how to go about it. I love this definition of family worship:
"Family worship isn't a full-on Church service every day; instead it's a brief time of devotion before the Lord. The elements are singing, Scripture reading, and prayer. That's it! You sing together, pray together, and read the Scriptures together. Giving fifteen to twenty minutes a day to these simple practices will transform your family." - Voddie Baucham, Family Shepherds
I think in the past I've made the idea of family worship something so big and structured that it was too much. I wanted to make it too complicated. Family worship simply implies creating a family culture of studying God's Word and worshipping Him. 
That can be as simple as reading a passage of Scripture, singing a song, and closing in prayer! It doesn't need to be huge or complicated. 
Becoming a Discipling mother
A note to mothers: I love love love this encouragement to disciple our children. I need to focus on the Gospel within my home for m...

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