God is our Father So why can’t we be a parent like him?
The Importance of Family • How important do you think Family is to God? • If you add up the mentions of Family, Father, Mother, Son, Brother, Sister… they are mentioned about four thousand times. • Family is so important that God modeled the Church as a family.
Church Family • Elders 1 Tim 3:2-5 • They must have been proven to be able to lead their children to God • Deacons • 1 Tim 3:8-12 • They must be leading their children to God. • Their wives also have to be Godly. • See a common Theme? • Both are about leading family to God and teaching their children to respect God’s will.
God’s Family • God’s children • Rom 8:17 Now if we are children, we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with the Messiah—if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. • God as a Parent • Children of Israel • Christians • Are the Children of God (Rom 8:14)
Parenting today • Parenting is under attack by Satan • Television shows are teaching children morals. • Schools are teaching kids morals. • Friends are a big influence. • Satan is leading our children away from God • For the first time in the History of the U.S. 1 in 5 people don’t identify with any faith.
Parents in the World • Topics for Parenting from Parenthood.com • First, Middle, or Last - What Birth Order means for your kids, and you parenting style. • Co-Parenting Today - a 4-part series How separated parents can make it work • Raising Difficult or "Spirited" KidsRaising kids who are "more" of everything • Troublesome FriendsWhat to do when you have trouble with your kids' choice of friends • Sex & Character Ed: Whose Job is It? Parents? Teachers? Both?
God as a Parent • Gave life • Taught rules • Warned of consequences • Warned when disobeying • Punished disobedience • Offered a path for redemption • Forgives when truly repentant • Gives reward to those who obey
Parenting in God’s word • Teach • God’s word • Your rules and morals • Just like in the Bible this teaching is continuous • Warn of consequences of disobedience • Warn and remind when children disobey • Punish Disobedience • Heb. 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, for those who have been trained by it, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace. • Offer a Path to redemption • Forgive them when they repent • Reward them with your approval when they obey • Children want your love and approval more than they want Things.
Keys to a good Family • A Good Family depends on good parenting. • Finding a balance between being a Parent and being a friend. • Be a Parent first and a friend second. • Friends come and go but Parents lead to eternity. • Use God’s Tools as a parent. • The Bible • Elders • Deacons • Church Family • Ultimately put yourself in God’s hands and use his examples.