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)

GENERAL PRINCIPLE:

If you start training your children early in life, they form patterns of behavior that they are unlikely to abandon the rest of their life (a lasting way of life).

WISDOM PRINCIPLE:

Intentional dedication to moral uprightness as a way of life is wise, leading to widespread blessing, prosperity and human flourishing that honors God.

Ephesians 4:

7 “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.“ 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ”

Ephesians 5

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 6

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

GOSPEL PRINCIPLE:

Only by Christ’s gift of grace can we imitate the sacrificial love of Christ and walk in the wisdom of His will, and by that grace, disciple our children with humility in the way of the gospel that leads to life.

  1. Train up a child, as a disciple.
  2. Train up a child, to shape their heart.
  3. Train up a child, as one fool pointing another fool to wisdom.
  4. Train up a child, to worship the Lord.
  5. Train up a child, to pray, know their Bible and love others.
  6. “Train up a child, but be sure you go that way yourself.” — Charles Spurgeon
 
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