Parents are looking for a formula which will guarantee their kids will turn out right: 1. Educational/schooling formulas 2. Parenting formulas (books by Ezzo's, Pearl's, Gothard's, Christian psychologists, etc.) 3. Church-based formulas (Sunday School, AWANA, children's programs, or rejection of all separate children's ministry in favor of Family-Integrated-Church formula, etc.)
Most of the formulas have some strengths, but all have some weaknesses and problems. Many parents go from formula to formula looking for THE answer. This message urges discernment and warns against legalism and judging others who aren't on the same formulas. As a seasoned shepherd and counselor, Dr. Newheiser speaks from decades of watching trends and tendencies and learning from his own mistakes. He graciously challenges our formulas and dependence on man and urges a dependence on sovereign grace as we pursue what the Bible commands (which is enough without the commands of man added). Part 1 of 2.
Made me say amen when I wasn't saying ouch Multiple people after hearing this message in person said what I was thinking, that every parent needs to hear this message. I have heard many messages on parenting, even gospel-centered messages, but this may be the best one that says it better than anyone I've heard. But it's not just for parents, it's for grandparents, and people in general who are looking for formulas for the Christian life. I cannot too highly recommend this message that resonated with me and my own experience. Toes may be stepped on, but there's healing in the gospel
James Colby (5/10/2013)
from Fallbrook, CA
A necessary sermon for the anxious or boastful This sermon is a must-hear for the anxious parent who is burdened that they may not be doing enough to secure the salvation of their children. Salvation is by grace alone and not by the work of the parent! This sermon is also needed for the boastful, arrogant and prideful, e.g. those who think their way is the only way (e.g. homeschool, Christian School, youth group, no youth group, Sunday School, no Sunday School, etc). I'm a homeschooler and this sermon helped to knock me down off my highhorse. It is too easy to slide in this direction given the moral degeneration of this country and the desire to protect your child from it. It was a needed reminder. This sermon also touches on YEC/apologetics. There are many in that camp (even though I am a supporter) that suggest that young folks are leaving the church because the lack of sufficient teaching in apologetics/ creation. Salvation has always been of the Lord and He will save whether or not we say the right things. Sometimes I think they forget John 3:8, 1 John 2:19, 1 Corinthians 1:17.