Have you ever noticed the many similarities between adult children and their parents? The Bible tells us that parents transfer their values—both good and bad—from one generation to the next. Raising children is a sobering responsibility with life-long consequences. As Alistair Begg explains, children are a gift from the Lord and it is a parent’s job to provide a framework that gives them purpose and propels them to genuine faith in the Savior.
Wouldn’t it be great if children came with an instruction guide? Alistair Begg teaches us that, in fact, they do! The Bible is the ultimate source for instruction and contains everything we need to know about raising children. Navigating the challenges of parenting is particularly difficult in today’s culture, which is confused about the role of mothers and fathers and the unique benefits they each bring to the family unit. Wise parenting begins with the realization that we are all born in sin; when this doctrine is properly understood, it will have practical implications on how we discipline and train our children. Mothers should embrace their irreplaceable role, and fathers are to lead their families under the framework of Biblical truth. Believing parents can be encouraged by God’s promise: “Train them up in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.”