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The Duties of Parents (Ryle)

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The best brief summary we know of describing the goals of parents which God holds them to account for. This booklet provokes much further thought than its few pages contain and will help any family re-assess their goals according to Scripture. This tiny booklet on Christian parenting may well be one of the most challenging and insightful tools you ever read, to train yourselves for the biblical responsibility of child rearing.



I. If you train your children rightly, train them in the way they should go, and not in the way they would

II. Train Up your child with all tenderness, affection, and patience

III. Train your children with an abiding persuasion on your mind that much depends upon you

IV. Train with this thought continually before your eyes – that the soul of your child is the first thing to be considered

V. Train your child to a knowledge of the Bible

VI. Train them to a habit of prayer

VII. Train them to habits of diligence, and regularity about public means of grace

VIII. Train them to a habit of faith

IX. Train them to a habit of obedience

X. Train them to a habit of always speaking the truth

XI. Train them to a habit of always redeeming the time

XII. Train them with a constant fear of overindulgence

XIII. Train them remembering continually how God trains His children

XIV. Train them remembering continually the influence of your own example

XV. Train them remembering continually the power of sin

XVI. Train them remembering continually the promises of Scripture

XVII. Train them, lastly, with continual prayer for a blessing on all you do



J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was appointed the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical party in the Church of England for more than half a century. He is highly regarded for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes, and their usefulness and impact have been consistently recognized and remain as wise and relevant today as when he first wrote them.