Jesus told a compelling story about a father with two sons. One son ran off to a distant country to lead a wild life, while the other stayed home and harbored bitterness and anger in his heart. Alistair Begg presents a fresh perspective on this familiar story of the Prodigal Son, drawing parallels that illustrate our desperate situation before receiving the undeserved love of our Heavenly Father.
11And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to2 one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’3 22But the father said to his servants,4 ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
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.”
|God's Design For The Family||Deuteronomy 5:16|
|Where Have All The Fathers Gone?||Hebrews 11:21|
|The High Calling of Wives and Mothers||Titus 2:4-5|
|Respect for Children||Luke 2:39-52|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part One||Proverbs 22:6|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part Two||Proverbs 22:6|
|Redirecting Our Families||Nehemiah 9:38-10:39|
|Biblical Principles for Parenting||1 Samuel 1:1-28 Genesis|
|How Deep the Father's Love||Luke 15:11-24|