I just accepted an opportunity to speak to a father/son camp this summer, which, of course, got me thinking about how I should talk to dads about discipling their sons. Since I don’t have sons, I started by thinking what a father (me) should be teaching my daughters. As I’ve thought, I’ve realized that what fathers should teach their daughters is no different than what fathers should teach their sons.
In discipling our children, we teach our children the gospel—the good news of Jesus Christ, his death, and his resurrection.
The question by so many has been, can a woman preach the gospel? The answer becomes clear to me when I see the first person to preach the good news of the resurrection. It wasn’t a man. It was Mary Magdalene, as we read in Matthew 28:1-10.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” [Emphasis added.]
If I do my job as a discipling parent, my daughters will be preachers of the good news. I don’t mean that they will stand in the pulpit of a church on Sunday mornings. I mean they will be excited to tell others what they know of the risen Lord—and they will do just that.
If you have sons, you can teach them to preach the good news, also.