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There is an Art & Science to parenting. We are not born with the knowledge of proper parenting procedures, concepts and actions to be taken in order to produce healthy, balanced and productive adults in the next generation. Where is that knowledge and how should we proceed?

Sermon Notes

A partial set of Scriptures used:


""Raising Chidren GOD'S WAY"" series we took about 10 years ago.

(Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 22:6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
American King James Version×
)  Train upH2596 a childH5288 inH5921 the wayH1870 he should go:H6310 andH1571 whenH3588 he is old,H2204 he will notH3808 departH5493 fromH4480 it.
(1Ti 5:8)  But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
A broad interpretation leads to many more '"PROVIDING"" points above and beyond physical providence.

(Galatians 5:22 Galatians 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
American King James Version×
)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(Galatians 5:23 Galatians 5:23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
American King James Version×
)  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

2004 report commissined by the Gates foundation:
"What is success"?
"Successful young adult development"

What does it take to provide good parenting, successfully launching a young child into the phases of growth till they are a successful adult?

1 - Successful, biblically centered parenting starts and ends with self-examination under the perfect Law of Liberty.
2 - Successful parenting can start at any time.  It is never too late to change.
3 - Successful parenting involves a supportive community.

1 - This starts with a vibrant and successful relationship with Jesus Christ

Children have this incredible hypocrisy meter... can detect it from MILES away.... no way to hide, no place to hide.
(Php 2:3)  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

(Jas 2:14)  What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
(Jas 2:15)  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,

Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 22:6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
American King James Version×
  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

(Ephesians 6:4 Ephesians 6:4And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
American King James Version×
)  And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
(Colossians 3:21 Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
American King James Version×
)  Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
(Colossians 3:20 Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
American King James Version×
)  Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

(Matthew 20:20 Matthew 20:20Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
American King James Version×
)  Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
(Matthew 20:21 Matthew 20:21And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on the left, in your kingdom.
American King James Version×
)  And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom."
(Matthew 20:22 Matthew 20:22But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say to him, We are able.
American King James Version×
)  But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able."
(Matthew 20:23 Matthew 20:23And he said to them, You shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not my to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
American King James Version×
)  So He said to them, "You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father."

(Proverbs 6:20 Proverbs 6:20My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:
American King James Version×
)  My son, keep your father's command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.
(Proverbs 6:21 Proverbs 6:21Bind them continually on your heart, and tie them about your neck.
American King James Version×
)  Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.
(Proverbs 6:22 Proverbs 6:22When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you wake, it shall talk with you.
American King James Version×
)  When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
(Proverbs 6:23 Proverbs 6:23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
American King James Version×
)  For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

It is important to have QUIET SAFE TIME to share values with your children...

MATTHEW 23:23
(Proverbs 1:8 Proverbs 1:8My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother:
American King James Version×
)  My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;

WE have to SET the boundaries...

IF WE ARE NAGGING likely we are NOT spending enough QUIET time to internalize these instructions WITH them...

(Proverbs 23:13 Proverbs 23:13Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with the rod, he shall not die.
American King James Version×
)  Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
(Proverbs 23:14 Proverbs 23:14You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.
American King James Version×
)  You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
(Proverbs 13:24 Proverbs 13:24He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him betimes.
American King James Version×
)  He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

Don't mess this up... !

3 - Community is important in supporting parents
(Mark 10:29 Mark 10:29And Jesus answered and said, Truly I say to you, There is no man that has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
American King James Version×
)  So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
(Mark 10:30 Mark 10:30But he shall receive an hundred times now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
American King James Version×
)  who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
(Proverbs 10:1 Proverbs 10:1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
American King James Version×
)  The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 22:6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
American King James Version×
  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.