by Jim Perdue

Train a Child, Change the World
Jim Perdue
Proverbs 22:6

The church is the only hope for an ever-darkening world. God has called us to an enormous task. It's huge, immense, daunting and scary. You get overwhelmed when you think of our assignment - change the world. But with any monumental task, there are small things that must be done consistently, faithfully and steadily that will lead to progress and change.

*When erecting a building, you must start with a plan, lay the foundation and put up one brick at a time. Changing the world is a huge task, but it starts small. ''If we are to change the world, we must first change the church. Currently there is no distinguishable difference between the way our culture views marriage, family and parenting and the way we do it in the church.'' (Baucham, 203)*

God entrusted His church with a sacred, eternal treasure - the Gospel! The hope for the world is the church which carries for the gospel, the hope for the church is the family that lives out the gospel, and the hope for the family is the father who leads in the gospel.

You want to change the world? I have one simple way you can start - train your child. Train your children to be godly. There is no magic bullet when it comes to raising godly children. There is, however, a detailed road map. The Bible gives us everything we need in order to get the job done right.

And here, READ Proverbs 22:6 tells us clearly, plainly and strongly, ''Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.'' I truly believe that if you train a child in the way he should go you can change the world through the power of the Gospel.

And to the fathers here today in this place, I want to give a specific challenge: will you choose to take responsibility for the spiritual development of your family? Will you be your families primary source of spiritual direction and living?

Here in this text, we see several principles concerning what ...

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