Wow! I have really enjoyed this series that has explored the closest relationships in our lives--marriage and family.
Today's message dealt with the challenges of building a household culture full of discipline, submission and honor. To end the message today, we also addressed how to honor adult children and how adult children can honor their parents. Check it out! I wish we could continue the Stronger series more down the road, and maybe we will do just that!
Below you'll see today's outline, as well as the video from today's services at First Assembly Community Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. The message from the second service starts at the 3:00:00 mark.
STRONGER: Stronger Parents and Children
Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first
commandment with a promise— 3so that it may
go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and
instruction of the Lord.”
BIG IDEA: While there is no perfect way to raise
children, parents cultivate a culture in the home for their
child can affect the atmosphere of a home; everyone needs discipline.
“Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.” (NKJV)
“Don’t be afraid to correct your young
a spanking won’t kill them.
A good spanking, in fact, might
save them from
something worse than death.” (The
Proverbs 22:15 “Folly
is bound up in the heart of a child, but
the rod of discipline will drive it far away.”
Proverbs 13:24 “Whoever
spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”
You’re a parent, not a friend.
You’re in charge, not your child.
You’re aiming for obedience,
Love requires discipline.
submit to parents is a first step to learning how to submit to God.
Ephesians 5:21 “Submit
to one another out of reverence
atmosphere of honor is set by parents who love one another, keep
their dignity when confronting, and demand respect from
How can the culture of your
household more clearly reflect faith, hope and love?
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