In Scripture, parents are instructed to teach their kids how to love God and saturate their home with the gospel (Deut 4:9, 6:1-7; Eph 6:104). Husbands and wives are commanded to mirror Jesus in their marriages (Eph 5:22-33). We understand these commands in light of the gospel—in light of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6). Jesus is the hero of our families.
That’s what A Household Gospel is about. It’s ordinary means rooted in an extraordinary gospel. It’s about starting the great commission in our homes. It’s about rehearsing the gospel story when we sit to eat, lay down to sleep, rise up in the morning, and everywhere in between.
Mathew is the author of A Household Gospel: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Our Homes and writes regularly for Gospel-Centered Discipleship and The Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s blog. He completed over forty hours of seminary work. He works with technology by day and writes by night.
He's married to LeAnn Sims who blogs at The Modest Homestead. They have three daughters who are joyful, mischievous, and full of wonder (he's outnumbered if you're counting).
They enjoy having fun--romping in the woods, swimming, singing, laughing, and traveling. When the rabble-rousers are asleep, he enjoys watching a good movie with his wife. He also loves to read, hike in the woods, and cook. For good merit, he also enjoys running. And he's a prodigal Apple geek.
“There is no greater context for discipleship than the home. This is a truth that many embrace, but few know how to live out. In a deeply personal and refreshingly helpful way, Mathew Sims reminds us that the gospel alone transforms our families.” Brandon Smith, Director of Gospel-Centered Discipleship and Associate Editor at The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood
“Before you is a collection of our crucified carpenter King’s tools. You find the building of your family's house on Christ the rock handily aided by it.” Evan Welcher, Senior Pastor, 1st Christian Church
“In A Household Gospel, Mathew guides readers through the nuts and bolts of 'gospeling' your family well. He writes with an honesty that lets you know he's lived what he talks about and isn't just offering theoretical advice. He also presents his points with clarity and points readers toward putting what they've read into practice. If you're looking for an introductory work on applying the gospel in your home, this is the book for you.” Nate Claiborne, Bible Teacher, International Community School, Winter Park, Florida
“A Household Gospel is entirely practical, immensely convicting, and written concisely through the lens of the gospel narrative. As a husband, a father, and a leader, Mathew addresses the weight and beauty of God’s will for our families.” Josh Gadsby, Christian, Husband, Father, and Missions Enthusiast
“Mathew Sims does an superb job in A Household Gospel explaining chapter through chapter the depths and heights of the redemption story and love we have been shown in Christ. Even as a single, I can’t recommend this one more and extol how it surely benefits my own life. Christian families: this one is a must!” John Paul Ortiz, Singer/Songwriter for “Love Me Last”
“A Household Gospel is what every household needs. Though the book applies to the whole family, Mathew primarily speaks to men as leaders of their families as he seamlessly works from the gospel message to gospel application in our homes. Sims is honest about his failures in a way that is encouraging. He is hopeful and helpful in his presentation of how the gospel is to shape and direct our homes. This is fresh air by a fresh voice.” Craig Hurst, Husband, Father, and Blogger