Power of the Gospel

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Our Children Will Learn What We are Excited About

I heard this at the conference and it made an impact on me. I have reprinted it below with my italics. HT: CJ Mahaney

If I have learned anything in 35 or 40 years of teaching, it is that students don’t learn everything I teach them. What they learn is what I am excited about, the kinds of things I emphasize again and again and again and again. That had better be the gospel.

If the gospel—even when you are orthodox—becomes something which you primarily assume, but what you are excited about is what you are doing in some sort of social reconstruction, you will be teaching the people that you influence that the gospel really isn’t all that important. You won’t be saying that—you won’t even mean […]

The Battle for Pleasure

Let’s not fight our children’s desire for pleasure but rather direct them to the better pleasures.

“Sin can exert a powerful vice-grip on the human heart, one that mere shouts of denunciation and threats of divine wrath fail to dislodge. The promise and allure of sensual gratification must be countered by the promise and allure of a gratification in God that is sweeter, more sublime, more beautiful, more exquisite, more excellent, more solid, more substantive, and more satisfying. One can only wonder at the impact of the church on this younger generation (and the older one as well) if such were our strategy for dealing with sin. Don’t demonize their desire for joy and pleasure, but point them to Him in whose presence there is “fullness […]

Are We Raising Good Kids or Great Kids?

We and our children are assaulted by the self-absorption of American culture. We are insulated and isolated from the needs of this world and the kingdom. This message will challenge you and your children to think about the needs of the world.

I believe one of the ways to fight the worldliness of our kids is to “ruin” them by thinking about the needs of the world.

David Platt: SBC Pastors Conference 2009 from Todd Thomas on Vimeo.