The Biblical Pattern for Children
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The Biblical Pattern for Children

From Series: Alive In Christ, Volume 3

Scripture tells children to respect their parents. How can we apply these commands in an age of questioning authority, or with respect to children becoming independent adults? Alistair Begg explores these questions, reminding us that although they are gifts to be cherished, children are by nature sinners in need. They ought to respect those over them within the biblical family structure—which includes open communication within families. Children should obey their fathers and mothers, not just to please them but also, and ultimately, to delight and glorify the Lord.


20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Children and Parents

1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Copyright © 2022, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.