Summary: Some of us here have young children. Some of us here have already had our children grow up and move away. And all the older adults said THANK YOU JESUS (LOL)
Train up a Child
Some of us here have young children.
Some of us here have already had our children grow up and move away.
And all the older adults said
THANK YOU JESUS (LOL)
Pastor Freddie used to say train them in the High Chair or train them in the electric chair.
This sounds pretty drastic.
No one wants to see anyone in the electric chair.
While this is not always the case.
He was trying to put the emphasis on the importance in correction or training.
And what could happen without it.
It is easier just to correct and get after our children than it is to train or teach.
You can get mad and spank them but did we teach them.
We have to be alert to teachable moments.
My wife used to have a lot of what they would call what nots around the house.
Little duck’s and figurines etc.
When the kids got to the age they were toddlers they would go and try to play with these things
She would go and tell them no and take it away from them.
After telling them no a few times she would then begin to swat them on the hand lightly and say no.
They learned not to touch moms or grandmas things.
To train up means:
Explain why, how, what is expected.
Both Physically and Spiritually.
Don’t wait until the problem has grown so large that you EXPLODE.
Not always a spanking while this can be necessary.
Reinforce positive behavior
When they are young you have to teach them how to eat what to eat and eventually feed themselves.
Try to teach them to eat healthy food
But all they want is sweets candy sodas junk food.
In this scripture we often times think only of children but it is not limited to children we can apply this to younger Christians.
They have the same needs spiritually and physically as a child.
The principal of training is the same principal of discipleship.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Another words as we grow in Christ we are commanded to go and make disciples.
The Apostle Paul said it this way.
English Standard Version
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
You could say I’m not a
Apostles a Prophet an evangelist or a shepherd but you cannot say you are not a teacher.
Because we are all teachers we teach by the example of our Lives.
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Young Christians are hungry and need to be feed the truth of God’s word.
Left alone start eating all the junk food that is out there.
Must be taught so much truth you are able to discern false teaching
Pastor Freddie used to say
Eat the Meat and throw the bones
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
The problem with discipleship
1) Means change, change in our life
It takes time
Most of us have busy schedules.
We get comfortable in our lifestyle.
3) It forces us to deal with our own issues.
4) Jesus took 12 and one betrayed Him
5) Have to have a teachable spirit
a. Must be able to teach and must be able to be taught.
6) Study to show thyself approved
a. Accountability to Christ for what we teach oar disciple
The Benefit of discipleship
Begins a Change of a life.
You will begin to see a change in the life of your disciple