Greetings and welcome to today's online sermon. Our topic for today is "How to raise your children Biblically in a Secular World." As parents, it is our responsibility to raise our children in the ways of the Lord, even in a world that is increasingly secular and hostile to the teachings of the Bible.
Our first scripture reading comes from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 which says, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Therefore, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on your house's doorposts and gates."
This passage highlights the importance of teaching our children about God's commands and instructions from an early age. We must teach them these things and live them out ourselves. Our children will learn by watching and seeing how we live.
Another scripture passage relevant to our topic today is Proverbs 22:6, which says, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it."
This verse emphasizes the importance of starting early and consistently training our children in the ways of the Lord. It also gives us hope that our efforts will not be in vain, even if we do not see immediate results.
As we strive (not struggle) to raise our children Biblically in a Secular world, we must remember that we are not alone. God is with us and has given us His Word as a guide. Let us rely on His wisdom and strength as we seek to raise our children in a way that honors Him.
Part two of this sermon will explore practical ways to apply these Biblical Principles daily. May God bless us all as we strive to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.