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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Teach Your Children at Home!
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13
Let me exhort you, as much as lies in you, to give your children sound
instruction in the great doctrines of the gospel of Christ. I believe that
what Irving once said is a great truth. He said, “In these modern times you
boast and glory, and you think yourselves to be in a high and noble
condition, because you have your Sabbath-schools and British-schools, and
all kinds of schools for teaching youth. I tell you,” he said, “that
philanthropic and great as these are, they are the ensigns of your
disgrace; they show that your land is not a land where parents teach
children at home. They show you there is a want of parental instruction;
and though they be blessed things, these Sabbath-schools, they are
indications of something wrong, for if we all taught our children there
would be no need of strangers to say to our children ‘Know the Lord.’” I
trust you will never give up that excellent puritanical habit of
catechising your children at home. Any father or mother who entirely gives
up a child to the teaching of another has made a mistake. There is no
teacher who wishes to absolve a parent from what he ought to do himself. He
is an assistant, but he was never intended to be a substitute. Teach your
children; bring out your old catechisms again, for they are, after all,
blessed means of instruction, and the next generation shall outstrip those
that have gone before it; for the reason why many of you are weak in the
faith is this, you did not receive instruction in your youth in the great
things of the gospel of Christ. If you had, you would have been so
grounded, and settled, and firm in the faith, that nothing could by any
means have moved you.
For meditation: Faithful teaching from his mother and grandmother
had prepared Timothy for his further education from the apostle Paul (Acts 16:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:14-15).
Sermon no. 79, 11 May (1856) by C.H. Spurgeon