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Grace Family Institute…a Family-only Enterprise

By David Shiflet As elders of two autonomous reformed Baptist churches (Grace Family Baptist Church Spring & Grace Family Baptist Church Conroe), we’re very excited about one of the most tangible expressions of both our associational unity and also our shared commitment to the Great Commission, church planting. Our unified ...

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The Lord's Table at GfBC

Questions about the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, are nothing new to confessional and reformed churches. Our forefathers wrestled with many of the same questions we often receive, and in fact, the divines who wrote our Confession of Faith (2nd London Baptist Confession, 1689) included eight paragraphs to express the ...

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Detailed Response to Doug Brown’s Critique of the FICM

Doug Brown has joined a long list of pastors, professors, bloggers, theologians, and otherwise interested parties in writing a critique of the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM).1   This critique comes from a “Fundamental Independent Baptist” perspective.  His motivation is the fact that “The (FICM) is having a growing impact ...

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Voddie Baucham on Family Shepherds

Voddie Baucham equips men to model and transfer God’s truth within their homes, covering topics that span from marriage and parenting to media habits and overcoming difficult family dynamics. Baucham recently sat down with Dane Ortlund to discuss his forthcoming new book, Family Shepherds. Watch the full video below ...

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Dads: Know the Difference Between What the Gospel Requires and What it Produces

Family shepherds must know the difference between law and gospel. We must know the difference between committing ourselves to leadership in our families because it’s “right,” and looking to Christ as the Good Shepherd who, by his grace, will conform us to the will of his Father as we ...

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3 Reasons to Prioritize Your Marriage Over Your Children

There is sometimes a tendency to prioritize our children to the neglect of our marriage. There are at least three reasons that make prioritizing our children over our marriage both foolish and dangerous: 1. Our children will eventually leave home. Prepare your marriage for the empty nest:To my knowledge ...

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Adoption

At GfBC, we understand the responsibility that we have as Christians to care for the fatherless. God commands us in His word to, “Visit the fatherless...” and Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son ...

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FIC Ministry Model

Ministry to Families (D.E.F.E.N.D.) Families are falling apart all around us.  The divorce rate is at an all time high; The birth rate has plummeted to an all time low.  Children lack discipline and self control, and are falling away from the faith at rates ...

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What about singles?

Does your family discipleship focus (and emphasis on fathers) alienate singles/single moms?Absolutely not!  In fact, the opposite is true.  This question has several underlying assumptions: Assumption #1 - FIC Sermons Focus on ‘Families’ The truth is GFBC is committed to ‘systematic exposition.’  In other words, we preach through the ...

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How do you have Sunday School without age graded ministries?

How do you have sunday school without age-graded ministries?Our Sunday School time is family-integrated.  We have one Sunday School class that runs prior to our morning worship and in that class young children sit and learn beside their parents.  The often will take a topic and teach on it ...

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