Pillar Journal

Are We Hindering Our Children?

Parents have a duty to bring their children to Christ, and Christ’s disciples have a duty to receive them in His name.

When the Lord saw His disciples rebuke those who were bringing young children to Him, He was “much displeased” and issued a strong double command: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not” (Mark 10:14). Parents have a duty to bring their children to Christ, and Christ’s disciples have a duty to receive them in His name.

We must therefore guard against the possibility that we are hindering children from coming to Christ. We become hindrances to our children coming to the Lord rather than helpers in the following situations:

  • We ourselves do not go to Jesus. How can we then expect our children to do so?
  • We fail to foster Christ-centered conversation in the home. It is not enough just to talk about church affairs or to critique sermons. We must talk about Christ, His majestic glory, His love for sinners, His power to save, and His willingness to receive all who come to Him.
  • We fail to live in integrity, so that our children hear what we say, but they do not see love for God and our neighbors shining through our actions.
  • We fail to love Christ and His church.
  • We fail to trust God and hold fast to His promises.
  • We show little interest in spiritual things, so that our Bibles lie untouched from Lord’s Day to Lord’s Day and our religion is a matter of empty forms and rites, devoid of the power of true godliness.

Excerpt from
How Should We View Children in the Church?
By Joel R. Beeke

How Should We View Our Children in the Church? – Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series (Beeke) (2051 in Stock)

MSRP: $3.00 $2.25


How should we as parents view our children in the church as we are tasked with bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? How should we as congregants view the children in our churches, whom we have a solemn responsibility to evangelize and instruct? In this booklet Joel R. Beeke discusses theological and practical foundations for raising and nurturing children in light of the covenant of grace.



Encouragement Through the Covenant

Children of the Covenant

The Covenant Promise

Rearing Children by Faith

Bringing Children to Christ


Series Description

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.



Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.



How Should We View Our Children in the Church, by Joel Beeke, is a brief and concise exposition of a paedobaptist and Reformed perspective of children and the covenant. Marvelously concise and practical, this is an ideal gift for parents bringing their children for baptism. There are treasures here to encourage parents in the task of nurturing children for Jesus.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina