God's Plan for Parents
Scripture: Colossians 3:21–3:21
God’s Will for Children
Colossians 3:21, Ephesians 6:4
August 21, 2016
I. Do not provoke your children.
A. What does it mean to 'provoke'? Colossians 3:21, Ephesians 6:4
B. The problem of undue severity. Ps. 38:1
C. The problem of permissiveness. Prov. 29:15
D. The problem of double-standards. Phil. 4:9
II. Raise your children with tenderness. Eph. 6:4b
III. Raise them in the "paideia" and instruction of the Lord. Eph. 6:4b
B. Discipline: Prov. 22:15
Questions for reflection:
- (To the adults) What were the strengths and weaknesses of your own parents in raising you? What did they do well? What could they have done better?
- As a parent, do a little self-amalysis, where are you doing well and where might you be able to improve?
- God is the ideal Father. What are the characteristics of God as a Father that make Him the perfect parent?