July 23, 2017 PM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1798
#3 in series
Q&A: PARENTING ON PURPOSE
Is the Bible Reliable?
“The shortest road to an understanding of the Bible is the acceptance of the fact that God is speaking in every line.” – Donald Grey Barnhouse
“God is not to be separated from his Word.” – John Calvin
“Men do not reject the Bible because they find faults in it, but because it finds fault in them.” – John Blanchard
“No man is uneducated who knows the Bible, and no one is wise who is ignorant of its teachings.” – Samuel Chadwick
“Many books in my library are now behind and beneath me. They were good in their way once, and so were the clothes I wore when I was ten years old; but I have outgrown them. Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” – Charles Spurgeon
I. LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Daniel Yeary’s Top 5 List:
“Delaying the religious education of a child is perilous. So is forcing a child to express and acknowledge religious concepts which are meaningless either in his experience or comprehension. Memorization is most easily done in early childhood. But mere memorization without relationship is not the best form of education – religious or otherwise.” – Dr. William Hendricks, A Theology for Children
“When it comes to character and virtue these young people have been left on their own. Today’s go-getter parents and educational institutions work frantically to cultivate neural synapses, to foster good study skills, to promote musical talents. We fly our children around the world so that they can experience different cultures. We spend huge amounts of money on safety equipment and sports coaching. We sermonize about the evils of drunk driving. We expend enormous energy guiding and regulating their lives. But when it comes to character and virtue, the most mysterious area of all, suddenly laissez-faire ethics rules. ‘You’re on your own Jack and Jill; go figure out what is true and just for yourselves.’” – David Brooks
II. IS THE BIBLE HISTORICALLY ACCURATE
III. HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE?
Develop Healthy Habits:
IV. HOW DO WE ADDRESS THINGS THAT SEEM CONTRADICTORY?
“As biblical scholarship increases and our knowledge of language, text, and context increases, the problem of (alleged) discrepancy becomes smaller and smaller. There is less reason today to believe that the Bible is full of contradictions than at any time in the history of the church. Prejudice and critical philosophical theories, however, die a very slow and hard death.” – R. C. Sproul
Theology of Preaching 101:
When you find apparent contradictions…
“75-90% of children raised in Christian homes walk away from the Christian faith when they hit college. According to the Scriptures, the solution lies with you. . . . The missing dynamic in contemporary Christianity is parents discipling their own children.” Dr. Paul Dean, April 13, 2015 - Top 10 Reasons to Teach Your Children Biblical Truth Every Day
Why Teach Them?
While You Can...