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Taking Parenting Seriously

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Taking Parenting Seriously

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Taking Parenting Seriously

MP3 Audio (28.2 MB)

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.

(Pro 22:6)  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.

(Gal 5:22)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(Gal 5:23)  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,

Pro 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

(Eph 6:4)  And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
(Col 3:21)  Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
(Col 3:20)  Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

(Mat 20:20)  Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
(Mat 20:21)  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."
(Mat 20:22)  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."
(Mat 20:23)  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."

(Pro 6:20)  My son, keep your father's command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.
(Pro 6:21)  Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.
(Pro 6:22)  When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
(Pro 6:23)  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...

(Pro 1:8)  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...

(Pro 23:13)  Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
(Pro 23:14)  You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
(Pro 13:24)  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
(Mar 10:29)  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,
(Mar 10:30)  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.
(Pro 10:1)  The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

Pro 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.