In his instructions to his understudy Timothy, the apostle Paul says this: Keep a watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. These words remind us of the need to be sure that we are taking the time to ground our beliefs in the truths and doctrines we find in God’s Word. New Testament professor Michael Kruger tells us that in today’s world, many in the church are leaning away from right doctrine, and emphasizing the priority of right behaviors. Kruger says that this idea sells well in today’s world, as people who care about theology are seen as divisive, narrow, dogmatic, and even mean. Consequently, all we need to do is be kind to people. But behavior is always downstream from our beliefs. We need to believe correctly in order to behave correctly. Parents, I can think of very few more important reasons to consistently engage in teaching your children and teens the truths of God’s word. Teach your kids God’s Word.
August 12, 2022