This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Freed-Hardeman lectures for the first time. If you have never attended the lectureship at FHU, I would highly recommend giving it a shot next year. Some of the sharpest minds in the church were gathered together from Monday to Thursday to discuss Israel’s plea for a king in 1 Samuel. I had the chance to hear a lecture from Jason Moon entitled “Developing Hearts Pleasing to GOD.”
Jason’s lecture was especially interesting to me because of his heavy emphasis on the role of parents in developing the right kind of hearts in their children. Below is my abbreviated outline of his lecture:
- When God is missing in our homes, HE is going to be missing in our children’s hearts. We often talk about the fact that David was a man after GOD’s own heart but we rarely talk about the factors that must have led him to develop that kind of heart. It doesn’t seem to be too much speculation to consider the fact that the influence of his parents and brothers might have had a great deal to do with David’s godly heart.
- Children will love the church as their parents do. Parents cannot 100% solidify the faith of their children once they have grown to the age of independence but they can give their child their best shot of maintaining the faith. Being active in the local congregation is an important way a parent can teach the faith of the gospel to their children. Disinterested parents will produce disinterested children.
- Children will love the Bible as their parents do. Parents are the leaders in the home. It is up to them to take the initiative to read and discuss the Bible with their children. Studies prove that homes with Bible reading and Bible discussion are much more likely to produce faithful children.
- Children will respond to sin as their parents do. If a child is blessed with a parent with a soft, repentant heart when it comes to sin; the odds are highly in favor of that child becoming sensitive to sin as well.