“Raising Godly Children” is an excellent approach to raising children. While it is not filled with an exposition of Scripture or hundreds of principles or techniques and methods, it does provide essentials for establishing children as arrows into the next generation. Currently, even the church is failing to launch children into the next generation as 80-90% of children are leaving the church when they graduate from high school. Ken and Steve Ham (brothers) highlight the crucial premise for raising godly children – build relationships with your children founded upon the authority of God’s Word. Parents have the privilege to give an inheritance from God for their children to live up to for their children. Thus they must be people who rely on God for building and protecting their family from the enemy’s deception and distractions in the world with a gratefulness of being called into fulfilling the great commission.
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First is the application of making all of it work. All things being equal if there are normal children and parents who want to do the right thing, you have a chance of seeing hearts melted and homes repaired to godliness. It’s difficult enough when both parents and children are “normal.” Yet, they both have sin natures fighting against the Spirit to do the right thing. Paul writes, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Gal. 5:17) Furthermore, Paul writes, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. (Rom. 7:19) There’s a battle in normal people.
Friends, we Christians have job security. There are so many discipling opportunities if we will open our eyes and set aside our own desires to love on the youth of America. We are beginning to have an explosion of youth at church. If you want an eternal opportunity, you can meet with Justin to see if you have the heart to minister to them. Most of you do. Just let the Lord work through you.