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.
39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when his parents6 saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?”7 50And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature8 and in favor with God and man.
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|