William Still, the Church of Scotland minister under whose preaching ministry I was converted, had a phrase “pastor, feed the sheep on such truth that men are called to Christ” [The Work of the Pastor]. C.H. Spurgeon uses similar language here in his sermon The Good Shepherdess from Song of Songs 1:7-8. What are ministers to feed our kids (young flock) on? This is what we are to teach children, not salvation by works but Christ.
“Feed your kids beside the shepherds’ tents.” Now, who are these shepherds? There are many in these days who set up for shepherds, who feed their sheep in poisonous pastures. Keep away from them! But there are others whom it is safe to follow. Let me take you to the 12 principal shepherds who came after the great Shepherd of All. You want to bless your children, to save their souls and have fellowship with Christ in the doing of it—then teach them the Truths which the Apostles taught. And what were they?
Take Paul as an example. “I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified.” That is feeding the kids beside the shepherds’ tents—when you teach your children Christ, much of Christ, all of Christ and nothing else but Christ! Mind you, stick to that blessed subject.
And when you are teaching them Christ, teach them all about His life, His death, His Resurrection. Teach them His Godhead and His Manhood. You will never enjoy Christ’s company if you doubt His Divinity. Take care that you feed your flock upon the doctrine of the Atonement. Christ will have no fellowship with a worker unless he represents Him fairly and you cannot represent Christ truthfully unless you see the ruddy hue of His atoning blood as well as the lily purity of His life. “Feed your kids beside the shepherds’ tents.” Then will you teach them the atoning Sacrifice, and Justification by faith, and imputed righteousness, and union with the risen Head, and the coming of the Great One, wherein we shall receive the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body from the grave.
Spurgeon goes on to list the doctrine of election, man’s depravity, the Holy Spirit’s effectual calling, regeneration, the final perseverance of the saints, the impassibility of God and the doctrine of grace. If you have time, read the whole sermon. The Good Shepherdess