There is a heaviness or weightiness if you will to Proverbs 22:6. It says:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
(Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
To train up a child in the way of the Lord, means that I am already walking in the way that I should lead my child. You cannot lead someone to a place that you yourself have never been. In other words, you as a parent cannot lead your children to follow Jesus if you are not already following Jesus.
My greatest desire as a dad is to see both of my boys wrecked and redeemed by Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong. I want my boys to do well in school. I want them to go to college if the Lord leads them to college. I want them to find a job that they enjoy doing and I want them to marry the women God brings them.
However, if that is all I want for my boys, I am totally shallow as a dad. None of those things will be of any importance if my boys do not know Jesus.
I want my boys to love Jesus. I pray as often as I can that Jesus will save them at an early age. I want them to love Jesus and love the church. I want for them to have a desire to serve the church. They should have compassion and share the gospel with lost people. I want them to know how to love and treat the women that God has chosen for them to marry. I want my boys to passionate disciples of Jesus.
They will not learn these things if they listen to all the mixed messages that our culture sends them on a daily basis.
As their dad, I must model it for them. I must be their godly influence. They must first see it in me. I must be a godly man so they will see what a godly man looks like. I must be a godly husband so they will know how to be a godly husband. I must be a godly daddy so they will know how to be a godly daddy.
To raise children in the faith, you must first be a man of faith. If you want your kids to walk with Jesus, you must walk with Jesus.
Be a man of the gospel. It is the best thing you can do for your children.
Good Afternoon FaithPoint!
I was given the opportunity recently to preach a series to some students at a local church. I felt led to do a series on holiness. These are the notes from the first message in the series.
The title of this sermon is: Walk in Jesus
The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 2:1-3 and Matthew 6:25-34.
Have you ever found yourself reading a book and you were so captivated by it that you could not put it down? Have there been times when you picked up a book started reading it and wanted to know why anybody would publish such trash? It’s about the story.
These notes are from our Wednesday night study on doctrine and theology. This is part 2 of our study on The Doctrine of Total Depravity.
Scripture says that we inherited sin from our first father, Adam. Because of Adam, we are counted guilty before God. Romans 5:12
The context of this section of Scripture reveals that Paul is not talking about actual sins that people commit every day of their lives. How can we tell this? Verses 12-21 of Romans 5 is taken up with the comparison between Adam and Jesus.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 5:12-21 ESV)
Death through sin – death spread to all men because all sinned. This means that God saw all of us as having sinned when Adam sinned. This is indicated in verses 13-14.
Paul shows us that even though from the time of Adam to Moses – people did not have God’s written law so their sins were not counted as infractions against God’s law. However, because people died, this is proof that God counted people guilty because of Adam’s sin. Romans 5:18-19
All who came from Adam were counted as sinners.
If you think it unfair that we are represented by Adam, then you should also think it unfair that we are represented by Jesus.
God regards the human race as a whole with Adam as its head. God also regards all Christians – all who are redeemed by the blood of Christ – not just those that carry the name tag – as a whole. Christians are regenerated by Jesus as the head of His people.
We are born with a sinful nature because of Adam’s sin.
You do not have to teach children to sin. We are all born with a tendency to sin. A child has a natural bent toward sin. Children do not have to be taught how to be:
You have to teach children the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Every part of our being is infected by sin – emotions, intellect, desires, plans, goals, motives, reasoning, our heart. (The heart is the core of our passions, desires, and decision making processes)
Apart from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – we are incapable of doing any spiritual good before God.
What happens when a Christian sins? Our legal standing before God is not changed.
When a Christian sins, their fellowship with God is disrupted and they do damage to their Christian life.
When a Christian sins, God is displeased with us like a daddy is when his child disobeys him.
Just because one goes to church and “looks the part” it does not guarantee salvation. This type of person is known for having some knowledge. They are good at giving “Sunday School answers.” They live in a consistent pattern of disobedience to Jesus. A consistent pattern of disobedience and lack of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) is a red flag that there is no genuine heart-faith and no regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. A long term pattern of disobedience to Jesus should be seen as evidence or a red flag to whether the person in question is really a Christian at all.
For more information on this subject. Please see Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology Book. You can get it on Amazon.
Our title for this sermon is It Was Good. The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 1:1-25.