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Parenting for the Glory of God

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Why talk about parenting?

Recent events:
School shootings
Church shooting
Suicide here at home.
Parents, it is important that we are teaching our kids about God. Instructing them about Christ. Encouraging them to live lives that please and honor God.
Deuteronomy 6:5–7 ESV
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:

Options for Parenting

1 Parent centered home
Focused on Parents
2 Child centered home
Focused on Children
Both have negatives
Can produce idolatry that focuses on self.
Remember: An idol is anything or anyone that begins to capture our hearts and minds and affections more than God.
Best Option? Better option...

God Centered Home

Based on the principle that the purpose of every Christian is to glorify God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Cor
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:2 ESV
Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
Parents, we model this and then teach kids to do the same.
The God-centered home is one in which everyone is committed to pleasing and serving God. God’s desires are exalted over everyone else’s. Teaches children to serve rather than be served, to honor rather than be honored, to give (be loving rather than take and be selfish).
Lou Priolo, The Heart of Anger, 26-27

Elements of the God-Centered Home

Focus on Truth

What is truth?
God’s word is the source of truth. God’s word IS truth!
Jesus said:
John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
2 Timothy 3:15–16 ESV
and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
You can’t teach your kids biblical principles unless you know the Bible yourself.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Proper Understanding of Worship.

John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
john 17
It is wise to talk to your kids about their heart motivations.
When they make mistakes.
When you discipline.
Proverbs 4:23 ESV
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Matthew 12:34 ESV
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Proverbs 4:23 ESV
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 21:2 ESV
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

Proper Understanding of Worship.

We are all worshiping something!
Possibilities include:
Health, material things, physical appearance, an ideal (politics, pro-life, peace), money, fairness, success/position/power, pain-free life, approval of others, worldly pleasures, control, children, spouse, having your needs met, another person, perfect marriage, etc...
Our hearts affections and minds devotions are to be directed towards God.
Matthew 22:37–39 ESV
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Parents, what are you modeling for your kids?
I’m never surprised by a parent who wonders why their children turn away from church when they get older when they modeled that for them as they grew up.
If you lack a devotion for God, don’t be surprised when they do too.
Do they see you:
Reading the Bible
Praying
Worshipping God
Making it your goal to please the Lord and serve Him?

Glorifying God

By your thoughts (taking every thought captive to obedience to Christ) and actions (whatever you do… do it for the glory of God.
Are you striving to act like Christ as an example to your kids?

Preach the Gospel

Parents this is your responsibility.
Tell them who Christ is and who you are In Christ.
Memorize
Teach them the importance and power of the Gospel:
Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Roman
Preach Christ and Him crucified!
This was Paul’s primary focus and should be ours as well. As parents we need to help our children see that Christ is foundational to life and godliness, to living a life that pleases God.
Teach your children that Jesus died so sinners can be reconciled to God and forgiven for all of their sins.
No Regrets!
The parent who will teach the gospel will never regret having done so… but the one who neglects to do so will regret that decision.
Don’t leave it to someone else to do it. Don’t leave it to the church. If you need instruction, come see me. Find a deacon.
They are never to young to learn and hear the truth of Christ!

Understand Heart Issues

The Bible gives us guidance in knowing the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
It is wise to talk to your kids about their heart motivations.
When they make mistakes.
When you discipline.
Proverbs 4:23 ESV
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Jesus said:
Matt
Matthew 15:19 ESV
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Matthew 12:34 ESV
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Proverbs 21:2 ESV
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

Results of a God-Centered Home

Right view of self. - we are all sinners saved by the grace of God. We all need grace and forgiveness.
Right view of others. - love them & serve them.
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