About 150 people from various denominations gathered for the “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” conference which was sponsored by the Eastside Baptist Church in Windhoek. Tedd Tripp, our speaker and the author of the book “Shepherding a Child’s heart” was accompanied by his wife Margy and together they were a real treat , as Tedd spoke to us in 5 sessions , and as together they ministered to individuals during the course of the conference.
|Tedd answering questions|
Those who know Tedd and his approach to this subject will know that he works from “first principles”. The Scripture teaches us that the issues of life come from the heart. Behaviour is symptomatic, and therefore secondary. The heart is primary. When this is applied to children, then we know that their behaviour, like that of adults, is motivated by a heart that has been corrupted by the fall. Our hearts by nature are selfish and proud. With this theological fact in mind, Tedd masterfully expounded how behavioural issues at the various stages of childhood need to be understood and dealt with by understanding what the Bible teaches concerning the heart .
|Frans Brits leads a Q & A session|
Tedd’s Reformed Theology then applies the remedies in terms of a thorough understanding of grace. Grace is what God extends to repentant sinners, and when we understand how He deals with us so very mercifully, then we shall also learn to deal mercifully and graciously with others who sin – particularly the children given to us by God .
|Margy answering the questions of many women|
Tedd is not soft on discipline. He discussed the matter of ‘spanking’ and showed us that this practise too was rooted in Scripture (Proverbs in particular). At a young age this form of discipline can be very effective, because God’s Word recommends it! Tedd cautioned parents however not to spank in anger, but in love. This takes much wisdom.
The five sessions (see previous blog for specific content matter) were interspersed with Question and Answer sessions. Many good questions were asked and answered.
The Barnabas Book ministry of the Eastside Baptist Church , under the leadership of Coen and Annie Welsh provided many helpful books which were snapped up at good prices!
The feedback given by many of the conference was very encouraging, and so we pause to give thanks to the Lord who gives ‘people gifts’( Eph 4:11-16) such as Tedd and Margy to the church to equip the saints and to help them to mature.