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Teach Our Children

07 May

We are going to place our next sermon here for your perusal and edification. Most of what will be posted contains our outline and the main bible verses we are going to use. There will be little commentary as we think that God has said it all in those verses and we cannot add anything more to his words except to clarify a couple of points.

Introduction:

God likes education. Ignorance is not part of God’s kingdom. ! Timothy tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto God. Being educated is very important for the believer anode reason for that is so that we do not appear foolish in the eyes of the unsaved world.

Too often many believers get on the political scene and make certain comments or are church leaders who make public statements about different issues .They may think that they know what they are talking about but in reality all they are doing is showing that they do not have a clue.

Their lack of knowledge and how to apply it shows and their public efforts only open Christ, the church, the Bible up to ridicule. Part of this problem is that some pastors and church leaders do not instruct their congregations properly or make sure that the people understood it correctly.

Being properly educated and knowing how to apply that knowledge correctly in different situations goes a long ways in bringing respect to oneself, to Christ and the Bible. It also makes the Christian faith more attractive. It also helps us make a better impact for God in our communities.

Being educated and learning different topics does not mean that we replace God’s truths, his revelations, his instructions with those of the unbelieving world. It means we find out why the secular world is wrong and why God is right and teach that.

We do not say that the educated unbeliever knows more than God does. The unbeliever is the one who is deceived and blind, not God, the Bible or the believer. With this in mind, we are going to look at 3 areas concerning teaching.

#1. Where they are to teach

Dt 6:6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

Dt 6:7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up (Deut. 11:19 repeats this command)

Here we see that God wants us to discuss his commandments in a variety of places. There is no set place God has ordained for his ways to be taught. This means we have a lot of flexibility in our locations for teaching our children and others.

Teaching God’s ways can be over coffee, in a classroom, in a car and so on. There is no official place when discussing the things of God and teaching adults and children. Of course, this does not mean that we just set up shop anywhere. We still have to consider other people who are not attending the meeting and the laws our different societies have in regulating when meetings take place.

#2. Who Is To Teach

As you can see by the following verses, God has established several different people who are to teach adults and children. We have priests or pastors; church denominational leaders; men appointed to teach and most importantly we see that parents are to teach their children.

Parents are not to abdicate their responsibility to teach their children the things of God.

Ex 18:19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.  You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.

Ex 18:20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.

Ex 18:21 But select capable men from all the people men who fear  God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain  and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Eze 44:23 They (priests) are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean

Pr 6:20 My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

1Ti 3:2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

#3.  Who they are to teach

Lev 10:11 and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses

Dt 4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children  and to their children after them.

Dt 4:10 Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn  to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach  them to their children

Dt 6:6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

Dt 6:7 Impress them on your children

2Ch 6:27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live,

These passages of scripture basically covers all people in the and out of the church but notice how many times God mentions teaching his ways to our children. God knows that children are the most vulnerable of humans thus he is letting parents know how important it is for them to instruct their offspring in the ways of God in order to protect them from evil.

#4. What they are to teach

This is a very important section here as what we teach our children and the children of God is vital to their spiritual growth and their physical lives.

Every society has cultural practices and people rely upon those practices to guide their lives and behavior. BUT God’s kingdom does not follow secular cultural ways. God’s kingdom has God’s holiness guiding it and that holiness is different from what the world says to do.

Believers need to realize that secular cultural ways do not come from God. That part of life has its roots in evil as you will see God makes this distinction so we know that earthly cultures do not provide believers with the information they need to conduct their lives correctly.

Teaching our children the right way to live means placing them on a path that will have them in conflict with the secular world thus it is vital that we teach them correctly and making sure the child knows how to apply what they learn properly and in the right situations.

We do not teach God’s ways haphazardly or because just for the heck of it. We teach them because they are the right instructions to follow and they will allow our children to know the difference between right and wrong. We do this also to provide our children the wisdom they need to make the right decisions when parents are not around to guide them

Lev 10:10 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,

Lev 10:11 and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses

2Ch 6:27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance

Dt 6:6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

Mic 4:2 Many nations will come and say, come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem

Ps 25:4 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

Ps 25:5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Ps 27:11 Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

Ps 34:11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

1Ti 1:3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer

1Ti 1:4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies

Tit 2:1 You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine

Heb 5:12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word

Heb 13:9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them

Conclusion:

As you can see teaching and learning are very important in the believer’s life and very important to God.  But in order to teach our children and grandchildren the right ways to live and God’s commandments, we must first be taught.

Since parents are to teach their children then they first must learn what to teach and how to teach it. For the parents to do that, the preachers and the church leaders need to know the ways of God, his commandments, instructions and truth. They cannot let their personal views intervene in this teaching but honestly teach what God wants his people and creation to know.

God has given us many pieces of information in the Bible which he has revealed unto us. We would not know them any other way. They could only come from God’s desire to teach us what he wants us to know.

God set the example for us to follow as he taught his creation his ways and instructions and he has taught their children, their children’s children and so on. God is not a ‘do as I say not as I do’ God. He teaches us what he does.

You cannot teach the people or your children if you do not know God’s ways and you need to follow them if you want your teaching to take root in your children. Hypocrisy destroys the lessons given.

There is a song in the west and I do not know if it is here or not but it is titled, ‘I have decided to follow Jesus’ and there is a phrase in the chorus that ‘says no turning back’. One of the things that we learn from God is that we are to follow Jesus and do his ways no matter what other people do to us.

If we do not do what Jesus instructed us to do in the whole Bible then we have turned back from following him. Learning God’s ways, being taught sound doctrine, having the truth told to us, does not mean that we only hear these words only. We are to be the doer of them as well. As was just said, hypocrisy destroys any message one has for other people.

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