Beeke, Joel R.
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
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “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?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
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