About Christian Parenting
At ChristianParenting, we are believers just like you, committed to raising our children to know God and live as lights to those around us. We believe that the Lord has a message for each of us parenting in today’s culture: know his word, stay committed to teaching it, and be strong in the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:6–7; Joshua 1:9). With this as our mission, we offer resources like weekly parenting blogs, personalized scripture texted to your teens, podcast interviews, and a variety of topics on our website for every phase of parenting.
At the end of the day, as parents we have a common goal—to raise our kids to know and value Christ, even when it seems to be increasingly countercultural. This is best accomplished by everyday faith in God and a commitment to following his word in the small and big moments of everyday life. We pray that our ministry will provide you the trusted guidance to do just that.
The Lord has equipped each of us for exactly these days—let’s make the most of them!
Founder of Christian Parenting
Janet Denison has been in ministry for more than thirty years. She is married to Jim Denison, founder of the Denison Forum. Together they raised their sons, Ryan and Craig, while pastoring churches. Ryan lives in Tyler, Texas with his wife Candice and their daughter and son. Craig and his wife, Rachel, live in Dallas and have two sons. Janet began her career as a second grade teacher and is now an author, speaker, and Bible teacher in the Dallas area. Janet is the founder of ChristianParenting.org and writes regularly for the website.
Brand Manager of Christian Parenting
Cynthia Yanof is the Brand Manager of Christian Parenting. She and her husband Mike have a high schooler (Kate), a middle schooler (Brett), and a preschooler (J.B.). She was an attorney for many years, but is now blessed with the opportunity to write and podcast for Christian Parenting. Cynthia is passionate about Jesus, her family, foster care, keeping it real, and serving the Lord. She loves having people in her home and spending time with her friends.
The Denison Ministries
Dr. Jim Denison launched the Denison Forum in February 2009 to respond and to equip believers to engage the news and the culture from a biblical perspective. As a catalyst for moral and spiritual renewal, we are joining God in building a global movement of culture-changing Christians. Dr. Denison writes a daily article that offers a biblical perspective on that day’s leading news.
The Denison Forum has grown rapidly and now includes other ministries designed to equip our readers with biblical truth and spiritual renewal.
- ChristianParenting seeks to equip parents with trusted biblical guidance, helping them to raise their children with strength and joy, in a changing and often challenging culture.
- First15 offers a devotional for every day of the year comprised of Scripture, guided moments of prayer and reflection, fresh worship, and a call to action. This ministry reaches tens of thousands each day who use the content to experience God in a deep and life-changing way.
- JanetDenison is a weekly blog that extends biblical teaching and encouragement for living a full and blessed Christian life.
We encourage you to visit each of the Denison Ministries websites and subscribe to any or all, free of charge. We would love to include you in our worldwide community of culture-changing Christians.
Statement of Faith
Christian Parenting is a non-denominational ministry that exists to raise our kids to know and value Christ. The following faith statement is intended to clarify our theological commitments.
One of the earliest declarations of faith in Christian history is the “Apostle’s Creed.” Forms of it are used today by Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, and many non-denominational churches. Its name comes from the early tradition that each of the twelve apostles dictated part of it after Pentecost. As a result, the statement is traditionally divided into twelve articles. Our ministry affirms each assertion:
1. “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is our Father (Matthew 6:9) and reigns over the universe as the Lord Almighty (Revelation 4:2-11). He created all that exists as Father (Genesis 1:1), Son (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17), and Spirit (Gen. 1:2).
2. “And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord.”
“Jesus” means “Savior” (Matthew 1:21), the one who came “to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). “Christ” means “Messiah” (John 1:41), the one anointed by God to rule the nations (Psalm 2:1-9). He is God’s “only Son” (Matt. 3:17; 16:16). He is “Lord,” our Master and King (Rev. 22:20). He came to inaugurate the Kingdom of God (Matt. 4:17), and will consummate it at his return (Rev. 19:16). He calls us to extend his Kingdom (Matt. 10:7) by leading all people (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8) to make him their King.
3. “He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.”
Jesus chose to leave heaven for earth (Philippians 2:6-7) to be conceived physically by the power of the Holy Spirit in the body of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34-35). His Incarnation was the miracle by which he became Immanuel, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23).
4. “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.”
Jesus’ physical life and death (Luke 23:46) are documented by the Scriptures and by Roman and Jewish historians as well. He came to be “the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 2:2), dying in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21) to pay the penalty for our sins and purchase our salvation (Rom. 5:8-9).
5. “On the third day he rose again from the dead.”
Jesus’ physical resurrection (Matt. 28:1-10) is the miracle which proves his divinity (1 Cor. 15:12-20). He rose again as he promised (Matt. 16:21), proving that God’s word is authoritative (Matt. 28:18), trustworthy (Matt. 5:18) and relevant today (2 Timothy 3:16-17). His resurrection was the central affirmation of early Christian preaching (Acts 2:29-33; 17:31).
6. “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.”
7. “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”
As Jesus ascended to heaven, so he will return visibly to earth again one day (Acts 1:10-11). Christians do not know when Jesus will return (Matt. 24:36), so we must be ready for him to come today (Luke 12:40).
8. “I believe in the Holy Spirit,”
The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:4, 9). He indwells every believer at salvation (Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 3:16). His gifts for ministry (1 Cor. 12:28-29; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-13) are still operative today. We are called to submit to his leadership and seek his power for service every day (Ephesians 5:18).
9. “The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,”
10. “The forgiveness of sins,”
We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is a gift from God (Rom. 6:23). We must each receive this gift personally (John 3:3) by confessing our sins to God (Proverbs 28:13) with repentance (Acts 3:19; 2 Cor. 7:10), asking Jesus to forgive them (Luke 11:4) and trusting in him as our Lord and Master (Rom. 10:13).
When we make this commitment to Jesus, he makes us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and holds us in his hand forever (John 10:28). As believers, we must continue to confess our sins to God and seek his forgiving grace (1 John 1:8-10). Since the results of sin are death (Rom. 6:23), those who refuse God’s offer of salvation in Christ are separated from him forever in hell (John 3:18; Rev. 20:15).
11. “The resurrection of the body,”
Jesus’ resurrection assures us of eternal life with him (1 Cor. 15:22). Believers never die (John 11:25-26). At the moment of physical death, we are instantly united with Jesus in Paradise (Luke 23:43).
12. “And life everlasting.”
Christians will spend eternity with God in imperishable bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-44, 53-55), worshipping him forever (Rev. 5:13). Jesus came to give us abundant life now (John 10:10) and eternal life with him in heaven (John 14:1-3).
These statements constitute “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). They form the theological foundation for all our ministry does to extend God’s Kingdom around the world (Habakkuk 2:14).