Keys For Successful Christian Education

Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday morning, June 30, 2002, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. 


By Michael D. O’Neal                      Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church                      Albany, Georgia

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 8:1-5

Text: 1 Samuel 8:3

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

Introduction: One of the biggest mistakes ever made by the nation of Israel was due, in part, to a man who did not successfully raise his children. If Samuel’s kids had Samuel’s character, the Israelites may not have asked for a king. Read verse 5:

1 Samuel 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Today is Christian School Sunday!

Supreme court on prayer and Bible reading.

Recent ruling about the pledge of allegiance.

Gospel Light Academy is PART of the answer!

EVERY parent of our church should provide CHRISTIAN education for your child!

Not every child of Christians comes up right. What are some of the KEYS to Christian education that WORKS?


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

A. About children

  • About training
  • About correction
  • About their ownership

B. About church

C. About our country


Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

This is what we call “tough love,” but all love is tough in the sense that a parent who loves his child CHASTENS, or whips, or beats (with a “switch,” not a ball bat) his child.

A. To make it a promise

B. To make it a priority

C. To make it a prize


1 Samuel 1:27-28 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

A. Consecrate your time

B. Consecrate your talent

C. Consecrate your treasure


Galatians 4:1-2 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

A. Parents

B. Pastor

C. Partners in church

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