Episode 12: Are there specific doctrines I should teach my children before they leave home? If so, what are they? (Part 3 – Doctrine of God)

Episode highlights:

  • It’s essential to get the doctrine of God right because every other doctrine flows from it.
  • The Trinity is a major distinction between the God of the Bible and the god of false religions. Having a rudimentary grasp of it is important for understanding the gospel rightly.
  • Some divine attributes on which to focus with our kids:
    • Self-sufficiency – He needs nothing. Psalm 50:12; Acts 17:24-25
    • Immutability – He never changes. Mal 3:6
    • The Omnis (omnipresent, omniscient, omnisapient, omnipotent)
    • Holiness (righteousness, justice, wrath) – Lev 19:2

Episode 11: Are there specific doctrines I should teach my children before they leave home? If so, what are they? (Part 2 – Doctrine of the Word)

Episode highlights:

  • Scripture is perspicuous, that is, it is clear and can be understood.
  • To the charge of circular reasoning – using the Scriptures to ground the authority of the Scriptures – we say that any search for truth must terminate in a final objective source of that truth, which is the Bible.
  • Good resources for learning and teaching these truths to our kids are Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology and Bible Doctrine and Bruce Ware’s Big Truths for Young Hearts.
  • We can implicitly teach our children about the nature of Scripture by how we revere, handle, and obey it ourselves.

Episode 10: Are there specific doctrines I should teach my children before they leave home? If so, what are they? (Doctrine of the Word)

Episode Highlights:

  • The Doctrine of the Bible is an essential doctrine to impart to our children in that it gives them a foundation for believing the right things about everything else.
  • Scripture is inspired by God, that is, every word is the word that He wanted written. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
  • Scripture is inerrant, that is, the Bible is true (Psa 18:30; 119:151). A great resource for understanding inerrancy is the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
  • Scripture is authoritative, that is, it rightfully commands our obedience.

Episode 9: How can I encourage my kids to have their own personal quiet time?

Episode Highlights:

Remember that spiritual interest is a function of God’s grace. Ultimately, we can’t manufacture it in our kids.

Beware of the dangers of making your kids have a quiet time or of providing incentives for it.

One of the best ways to encourage them to spend time with the Lord is to model it. (1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17, 4:9)

Be sure to present the quiet time as an avenue for a relationship to be enjoyed, not a task to be done.

Episode 8: The Lord has put a person in my life that I’m having a hard time loving. What should I do?

Episode highlights:

  • Consider that difficulty loving someone suggests not so much that something is wrong with them, but that something is wrong with you.
  • Remember that the Lord saved us all when we were dead and rebellious, changing us and enabling us to walk in obedience. Eph 4:1-2
  • Our ability to love our brothers and sisters is a sign that we belong to Him. John 13:15
  • Remember that the gospel has united us together and love is necessary for maintaining our unity. Eph 4:3-6
  • Make it a priority to pray for and do good for that person.

Episode 7: How can I discipline my toddler toward the gospel?

Episode highlights:

  • Obeying for the glory of God is something that only the regenerate can do.
  • Toddlers have Gen 6:5 hearts – they’re not able to obey for the glory of God.
  • Jesus and the apostles put the fear of discipline in front of us as a godly motive for obedience. (Matt 5:29-30; Rom 13:1-4)
  • Teaching your children to “fear the sword” is a valuable gospel tool. Prov 23:13-14

Episode 6: Where should I draw the line regarding the kinds of movies I let my family watch?

This episode’s highlights include:

  • When deciding where to draw the line, don’t violate your conscience.
  • Assume that any secular movie proceeds from an ungodly worldview.
  • Regarding sexual content, we should broaden our concern to include not just depictions of homosexuality, but any sexual sin.
  • Whatever you let your family watch, don’t let them watch it without your Christian worldview commentary.
  • We need to create the habit of using the culture’s message as a springboard for conversation about our biblical worldview.
  • A great resource for discovering the exact content of any movie ahead of time is www.kids-in-mind.com.

Episode 5: I’m married, but attracted to someone at work – what should I do? (Part 2)

  • The Bible calls us to put off ungodliness and put on godliness.
  • In this situation, “putting off” is fleeing the situation (2 Tim 2:22); “putting on” is pursuing righteousness with other believers.
  • If you have to interact at work, keep it strictly professional. If you can’t keep it strictly professional, do something drastic, like getting a new job (Matt 5:29-30).
  • There is no action too drastic to prevent the destruction of your testimony and marriage.
  • “Pursuing righteousness with others” at the very least means telling someone that you trust and asking them for help.
  • Under no circumstances should you tell the person you are attracted to.
  • A great, godly protection for any marriage is to cultivate deeper intimacy with your spouse in every area of your marriage.

Episode 4: I’m married, but attracted to someone at work – what should I do?

Episode highlights:

  • Whether the temptation is found at work, the neighborhood, or wherever, the prescription for dealing with it will be the same.
  • When we recognize the temptation, we must get into the Scriptures. Proverbs 5-7 is particularly helpful for this situation.
  • Getting into the Scriptures reorients our hearts and minds toward the Lord.
  • We should bring the Scriptures to bear by associating that other person with the “forbidden woman” of Proverbs 5-7.
  • We must not minimize the danger by telling ourselves, “I’d never do anything.” Now is the time to recognize the seriousness of the danger and to act against it.