Beeke, Joel R.
The best brief summary we know of describing the goals of parents which God holds them to account for. This booklet provokes much further thought than its few pages contain and will help any family re-assess their goals according to Scripture. This tiny booklet on Christian parenting may well be one of the most challenging and insightful tools you ever read, to train yourselves for the biblical responsibility of child rearing.
I. If you train your children rightly, train them in the way they should go, and not in the way they would
II. Train Up your child with all tenderness, affection, and patience
III. Train your children with an abiding persuasion on your mind that much depends upon you
IV. Train with this thought continually before your eyes – that the soul of your child is the first thing to be considered
V. Train your child to a knowledge of the Bible
VI. Train them to a habit of prayer
VII. Train them to habits of diligence, and regularity about public means of grace
VIII. Train them to a habit of faith
IX. Train them to a habit of obedience
X. Train them to a habit of always speaking the truth
XI. Train them to a habit of always redeeming the time
XII. Train them with a constant fear of overindulgence
XIII. Train them remembering continually how God trains His children
XIV. Train them remembering continually the influence of your own example
XV. Train them remembering continually the power of sin
XVI. Train them remembering continually the promises of Scripture
XVII. Train them, lastly, with continual prayer for a blessing on all you do
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was appointed the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical party in the Church of England for more than half a century. He is highly regarded for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes, and their usefulness and impact have been consistently recognized and remain as wise and relevant today as when he first wrote them.