Ferguson: Children’s Sermons Are Not For Legalism

Quote

sinclair_ferguson“Actually, it [how we teach redemptive history to 3 and 4 year olds] is a huge test of where ministers are. One of the things that has stuck me throughout the whole of my life, because I’ve lived in a world where ministers give children’s sermons, is how many evangelical ministers turn into legalists when they give children’s sermons. And its there, when they’re speaking to the children, that it becomes clear how little of the redemptive story they understand; how little they understand how the Gospel works, and how little they understand who Christ is.”

Sinclair Ferguson on teaching truth to little minds (at the 54:20 mark)

Some Annotated Links

Cardiphonia
A site constructed by several PCA ministers who are liturgically friendly. This doesn’t follow a strict understanding of the Regulative Principle of Worship, but even those who hold carefully to the RPW may find much to benefit their conducting of liturgy.

Iain Duguid Resources
Dr. Iain Duguid, one my OT and Hebrew professors at WSC, has many of his sermons and resources compiled (by an admiring student?) as well as links to many of his books. Dr. Duguid is a rare and talented exegete and preacher.

DMLJ Trust
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the good Welsh doctor, has many of his greatest sermons recorded here. An invaluable site.

What should I do when my children say they don’t want to go to church?
R.C. Sproul @Ligonier Ministries weighs in.

an incarnation of one of my earliest blogs