INFLUENCE AND THE GOSPEL II

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“Train up a child in the way he should go:and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 KJV

Yesterday, we learnt about how influence in the spheres of government and economics can affect the spread of the gospel in our day.

Today, we’ll examine the importance of right influence in education and family as it concerns the prosperity of the Gospel in our day.

The educational system of the world is changing fast and while some changes are welcome, some liberal moves seek to corrupt the minds of people from a young age, causing them to stray away from upright cultural values as well as the dictates of the word of God. School curricula in many countries have also been amended to adopt these “liberal” views.

This is why we must be intentional about what the next generation learns.

Like the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

Our anchor text instructs that we train children and set them on the right path for life. This is why family is important in God’s design for man-kind. A large part of social engineering can be attributed to the family and how a child is nurtured growing up.

The family is one of the easiest ways to perpetuate an ideology. So the devil seeks to corrupt the family system by introducing vices such as divorce, domestic violence, absent parents, homosexuality, wrong values etc. into our homes.

Religion and moral beliefs of right and wrong are often either instilled or quenched within the family system.

In the Bible, we see many examples of the effect of good parenting on the destiny of the child.

Like Abraham, God can build a nation out of one man because He trusts that he would command his children in the way of righteousness. (Gen 18:19)

Timothy was also nurtured in the way of the Lord by his grandmother and mother. Paul attested to his growth in 2 Timothy 1:5, and entrusted the work of the ministry in Ephesus into his care.

The next generation is depending on us. We must resolve to ensure that the right doctrine is taught, upheld and enforced in our churches and homes. By doing this, other institutions in society will be positively influenced.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 22:39:46, Hebrews 6:13-20, Proverbs 23:1-18, Isaiah 27-28

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