As parents it is our responsibility to call out the man that is in our sons. It is a patient, gradual process of teaching and training over several years. It is not the work of a night. You must begin when they are born by putting the Lord first in all things and to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We must seek every opportunity to make them better prepared for all of the problems and situations of life that we are able.
Raising your sons to be men can often be an humbling task. You will many times see them learning the same lessons that you had to learn at the same age. You will see them making mistakes that you, yourself may have made in the past. Each mistake that they make is an opportunity to either crush them down or to teach them a better way.
Last month on September 20th my oldest son, Joshua, had publicly announced his call to the ministry. It was a decision that he did not come to lightly. He had been praying about it and seeking the will of the Lord for the better part of the year. He had always been very eager to give a devotional or teach a lesson whenever an opportunity presented itself. I enjoyed seeing him willingly volunteer at church camp to bring devotionals and just do whatever had been asked of him. Last year, I suggested that he pray about giving the Sunday school devotional before each class on Sunday mornings. He began doing just that and continued to grow in his faith and in knowledge. At the beginning of the year I had asked him if he was willing to teach the adult Bible study that we had on Sunday night. After prayer on the subject, he accepted the challenge and began studying and preparing at a deeper level. He came to me recently with the firm conviction that it was the will of the Lord for him to preach. That evening the church showed full support to his decision and voted to license him to preach.
The next Wednesday he preached his first sermon at Fostoria Oaks Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, TX. He preached on Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
An audio copy of his message can be found here: First Sermon
The Sunday following, he preached at his home church, during the morning service. His message was from Ephesians 2:8-10
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.“
An audio copy of his message can be found here: Second Sermon
We are currently having a special Bible study together each week as we look at wisdom from God’s word that will be beneficial to him in his life and ministry. The gleanings from this study will be put together in a series on this website called: