When Joseph and Mary returned to Jerusalem in search of Jesus, they were astonished to find Him learning in His Father’s house. Like them, we know that parents must train their children in godliness. In this sermon, however, Alistair Begg points out that it is ultimately the Father’s sovereign initiative to conform all His children to the image of His Son. With this truth in mind, Christian parents must seek Christ in humility and trust His plans for their sons and daughters.
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.”