Thursday, October 1, 2009

Godly Parenting

If you go the local book store and look up books on parenting, you will find multiple dozens. If you look on line you will find thousands of pages listing resources on parenting. The supply of information is overwhelming. So who do you listen to? Who has the best advice and best insights?

This Sunday we will be looking at one of the key texts from God about parenting. What is so special about this text is that part of it is written to our children. So this Sunday I will talk directly to our children, providing them an outline; and then talk to us adults.

I invite you to read Ephesians 6:1-4 in preparation for Sunday. I also encourage you parents to read this text with your children and discuss what it means.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Charlie


  • Train your children in the discipline of obedience (v. 1). Romans 1:28-32

    • “Obey” means to submit to; to comply with; to hearken; to heed; to follow the directions or guidance of some instruction. John 15:10; John 15:14

  • Train your children to follow Christ above everyone else – including you (v. 1).

    • “In the Lord” means there is a limit to the child's obedience.

    • “In the Lord” means that pleasing the Lord takes priority in your child’s life – even over pleasing you.

  • Instill in your children the attitude of respect (v. 2-3). Leviticus 20:9; Romans 13:1-2

  • Work hard to not be the cause of exasperation for your children (v. 4).

    • “Exasperate” means to arouse to wrath or anger, to provoke to the point of utter frustration, hopelessness or resentment. Colossians 3:21

    • How dads exasperate their children:

      • Tease them and allow siblings to call them names.

      • Be too busy to play with them, listen to them, or attend their activities.

      • Never apologize for your failures, especially your own anger.

  • Focus on their well-rounded education in learning and living God’s way (v. 4).

    • ‘Training” means the education of the whole child...the cultivation of mind and morals.

    • “Instruction" means counsel, exhortation, correction, admonishment. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • Practical Parenting Tips, by Dr. James Dobson

    • Define the boundaries before they are enforced.

    • When defiantly challenged, respond with confident decisiveness.

    • Distinguish between willful defiance and childish irresponsibility.

    • Reassure and teach after the confrontation is over.

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