Discipline and the Modern Mind
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:1-4Read more
Every new parent knows the stress of navigating advice on raising children. Christian parents especially understand the weight of this calling with the culture’s experts bombarding people with parenting philosophies. No issue is (and has been) more contentious than discipline. How are Christians to understand the modern resistance to discipline in many spheres of life, not just parenting, but civil authority and criminal reform as well? In this sermon on Ephesians 6:1–4 titled “Discipline and the Modern Mind,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows how the Bible presents a sophisticated picture on the topic of discipline and exposes the false idea that the human nature is essentially good. While also rejecting the traditional Victorian model of fatherhood and motherhood with its excessiveness and sometimes brutal treatment of children, the Bible does not deny the need for discipline, righteousness, justice, and punishment. Instead it calls Christians to consider right and true discipline. Christian parents must not misunderstand the themes of law and grace as they care for their children. Neither should they limit their understanding of how God has revealed Himself in Holy Scripture. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones presents how the Old Testament and New Testament provides a full picture for biblical parenting.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 6:1-4, New American Standard Bible
Children and Parents
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.
4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4, King James Version
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.