This seminar, presented by Dr. Tedd Tripp, highlights primary themes from his book Instructing a Child’s Heart. Get beyond just correcting behavior to the heart issues that shape our children from early childhood through the teenage years as they grow into adulthood.
Tedd Tripp is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was married to Margy in 1968. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A. in History, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min. with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing books, Shepherding a Child's Heart and Instucting a Child's Heart.
Tedd has been an elder in Grace Fellowship Church since 1976 and pastor of the church since 1983. Before seminary Tedd worked as a contractor and in industry.
Tedd and Margy founded Immanuel Christian School in 1979 where Tedd has served as a teacher and administrator. Tedd and Margy still serve on the board of ICS. From 1985-1997 Tedd served as a counselor in the Lehigh Valley office of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Since 1994, Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child's Heart Seminars. His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.
6:30 – 7:00 Registration
7:00 – 8:00 The Call to Formative Instruction – Deuteronomy 6
Formative instruction provides children with biblical ways of thinking. It is the process of instruction that enables our children to root life in revelation of God in the Bible. Formative instruction is not focused on correcting something that has gone wrong; its focus is providing ways of interpreting and responding to life that are biblical.
8:00 – 8:15 p.m. Break
8:15 – 9:15 What is a Family?
The Christian family is a theological learning center where God’s glory is on display. It is a sociological learning center where children learn to live with and love others. It is a redemptive learning center where parents stand in solidarity with their children as people who sin, are sinned against and must experience the grace of redemption working within.
9:00 – 10:00 Living Joyfully Under Authority – Ephesians 6
Our culture thinks of authority as derived from overwhelming force or consent. We have no idea that it is good and proper for some to be in authority and for others to be under authority. True freedom is found in living joyfully under the authorities that God has ordained.
10:10 – 11:10 Getting to the Heart of Behavior – Proverbs 4:23
Proverbs 4 says, “The heart is the well-spring of life.” Luke 6 tells us that it is, “out of the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.” If behavior flows from the heart, then we cannot think about behavior biblically without reference to the heart. This teaching will equip us to help our children see how behavior that has strayed reflects a heart that has strayed.
11:20 – 12:30 Corrective Discipline – Galatians 6
Corrective discipline is responding to our children when something has gone
wrong. Galatians 6 states the sowing and reaping principle of Scripture. We must learn to shape consequences for our kids as a way not to manipulate behavior, but as a way of
underscoring the enduring truth of God’s Word. Key to corrective discipline is skill in communicating biblically – with restraint, using pleasant words and delighting in understanding.
We exist to exalt Jesus Christ and expand His kingdom as we boldly proclaim His gospel, faithfully disciple His people, and gladly obey His word.
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