Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How Should a Child Be Trained?

Every godly parent will have a burning desire to see his children love the Lord. It is hard to think of anything else which could be more of a burden on a parent's heart. Our discussion last Sunday afternoon about training our children prompted me to think back on a series of posts I did a couple years ago dealing with J. C. Ryle's little book How Should a Child Be Trained? I thought I would bring them out of hiding so we can learn more from his excellent instruction.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: My discussion of the interpretation of Proverbs 22:6
Part 3: First, then, if you would train your children rightly, train them in the way they should go, and not in the way that they would.
Part 4: Train up your child with all tenderness, affection, and patience.
Part 5: Train your children with an abiding persuasion on your mind that much depends upon you.
Part 6: Train with this thought continually before your eyes – that the soul of your child is the first thing to be considered.
Part 7: Train your child to a knowledge of the Bible.
Part 8: Train them to a habit of prayer.
Part 9: Train them to habits of diligence and regularity about public means of grace.
Part 10: Train them to a habit of faith.
Part 11: Train them to a habit of obedience.
Part 12: Train them to a habit of always speaking the truth.
Part 13: Train them to a habit of always redeeming the time.
Part 14: Train them with a constant fear of over-indulgence.
Part 15: Train them, remembering continually how God trains His children.
Part 16: Train them, remembering continually the influence of your own example.
Part 17: Train them, remembering continually the power of sin.
Part 18: Train them, remembering continually the promises of Scripture.
Part 19: Train them, lastly, with continual prayer for a blessing on all you do.
Part 20: Conclusion

Fathers and mothers, you may send your children to the best of schools, and give them Bibles and prayer books, and fill them with head knowledge; but if all this time there is no regular training at home, I tell you plainly, I fear it will go hard in the end with your children’s souls. Home is the place where habits are formed; home is the place where the foundations of character are laid; home gives the bias to our tastes, and likings, and opinions. See then, I pray you, that there be careful training at home. Happy indeed is the man who can say as Bolton did upon his dying bed to his children, “I do believe not one of you will dare to meet me before the tribunal of Christ in an unregenerate state.” J. C. Ryle

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