Pastoring Your Children

Ephesians 6:1-4

  • It is so important in the press of everyday life—in the busyness of everyday parenting—to keep the big picture in view. And here’s the big picture: What in life could be more important than to be one of God’s tools for the forming of a human soul? Let that sink in. God has placed you on site as a parent to form the most significant thoughts and desires and choices in the heart and life of a child; to help a child get to know God’s world and what it’s all about.                   -Paul Tripp
  • Parents should care more for the loyalty of their children to Christ than for anything besides, more for this than for their health, their intellectual vigour and brilliance, their material prosperity, their social position, their exemption from great sorrows and great misfortunes.                 -Francis Foulkes
  1. Foster Their Appetite & Feed Them Well
    • True education, on the other hand, is stimulation, in which parents and teachers act as a catalyst, and encourage the child to make his own responses. This they cannot do if they leave the child to flounder; they have to teach Christian values of truth and goodness, defend them, and recommend their acceptance, but at the same time abstain from any pressure, still more coercion.             -John Stott
  2. Grace-Filled Love & Care
    • Prov. 13:24Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
    • Prov. 22:15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
    • Prov. 23:13  Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. 14 If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.
    • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
  3. Make Them Hungry for the Gospel