JOEL R. BEEKE
How Do We Plant Godly Convictions in Our Children? – Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series
Christian parents want their children to have an internal biblical compass—strong convictions—that will guide them through life. Parents make rules and give instruction to guide outward behavior, but how do they teach a child’s conscience, mind, and heart? How do they cultivate the potent seeds in a child’s life that, by God’s grace, may bear fruit when he or she grows? In this pamphlet, Joel R. Beeke provides six principles from Proverbs 23 that will guide you in building convictions in your children.
Principle 1: Discipline with Mercy
Principle 2: Rejoice Openly in Wise Choices
Principle 3: Instill Truth
Principle 4: Direct Children to Fear and Hope in the Lord
Principle 5: Warn Against Destructive Lifestyle
Principle 6: Set a Trustworthy Example
Conclusion: Build Convictions at Different Stages of Life
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
“How Do We Plant Godly Convictions in Our Children? is a wonderful little book. Joel R. Beeke provides six principles for instilling godly convictions in our children. You will find this concise booklet to be comprehensive, balanced, and biblical. You will be directed to thoughtful ways to disciple your children. Most importantly, you will be encouraged to bring your children both the law of God and the glories of the gospel. May God send this booklet far and wide for His glory and the good of His church.” – Tedd Tripp, pastor, conference speaker, and author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns and attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’”
Many people who are new to the church need instruction in the most basic aspects of godly living. Even where churches are engaged heavily in discipleship, visitors and members often have gaps in their understanding and practice. One of the greatest needs of our time is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the glory of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of God the Father.
For these reasons, Joel Beeke and Ryan McGraw are coediting a series of booklets titled Cultivating Biblical Godliness. These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to cultivate biblical godliness in relation to issues that are common to God’s people.
The distinctive feature of this series is its experiential tone. While some booklet series aim to enlighten the mind, these booklets aim to warm the affections as well. The goal is to promote communion with the triune God and to transform the entire person in thought, speech, and behavior. To this end, we intend to include a wide range of authors whom the Spirit has blessed to skillfully stir up the church to personal holiness and affection to Christ through their preaching and writing ministries.
We need a Christianity that puts the transformative power of God in the gospel on display through developing a communion with God that is visible to the world. Our prayer is that through this series, the Lord would revive His church by producing Christians who are full of love for Christ, who deny themselves in order to follow Him at great personal cost, and who know the joys of walking with the triune God. This is the kind of Christianity that we need. This is the kind of Christianity that the triune God has used to turn the world upside down. May He be pleased to do so again.
Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a prolific author.
Ryan M. Mcgraw is pastor of First OPC in Sunnyvale, CA. He is also author or The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath.