Date: February 27, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Luke 10:42 |

Series:

Picture - a young child learning to walk

  • Start early.
  • Strengthen them.
  • Provide examples.
  • Let them cruise. (strengthen a good thing)
  • Hold their hand.
  • Establish boundaries.
  • Correct their gait. (Proverbs 22:15)
  • Cheer them on. (Proverbs 12:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Matthew 25:21)
    • Other verses about edifying one another: Ephesians 4:29, Romans 14:19, Romans 15:2, 1 Corinthians 12:19.

Principles

  • Children must learn to walk with God. (Micah 6:8, Leviticus 18:4)
  • Parents must teach their children to walk with God. (Ephesians 6:4, 2 Timothy 3:15)
  • Parents and children must understand what it means to walk with God.
    • Desire for God (Hebrews 11:5-6)
    • Living for God (Genesis 6:8-9, 11)
    • Communication with God (Genesis 6:13)
    • Obedience to God (Genesis 6:14, 22)
    • Agreement with God (Amos 3:2-3)
  • Children must decide to walk with God. (Romans 6:13, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Psalm 34:8)
  • Parents must focus on the heart, not just the behavior
    • Love for God comes from the heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
    • Actions come from the heart. (Proverbs 4:23)
    • Words come from the heart. (Matthew 15:18)
    • Sin comes from the heart. (Mark 7:21-23)
    • Forgiveness comes from the heart. (Matthew 18:35)
    • True obedience comes from the heart. (Romans 6:17, Ephesians 6:6)
      • Solomon’s lessons about the heart to his son: Proverbs 2:1-2, 3:1-5, 4:4, 4:21, 6:21, 6:25, 7:3, 7:25, 10:8, 14:14, 18:12, 18:15, 19:21, 22:15, 23:7, 23:12, 23:15, 23:17, 23:19, 23:26, 23:33, 24:17, 28:14, 28:25, 28:26.

Pointers

  • Teach them the Word of God daily.(Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
  • Guide them to develop a structured devotional time. (Jeremiah 29:13, Proverbs 8:17)
  • Teach them to fear God. (Ecclesiastes 12:13, Deuteronomy 5:29)
    • Other verse to study include: Proverbs 1:7, 8:13, 9:10, 10:27, 14:26, 22:4, 23:17, 28:14; Acts 9:31.
  • Discipline them. (Hebrews 12:6, Proverbs 23:13-14, Proverbs 29:15, Proverbs 22:15)
  • Help them understand the battle between the flesh and Spirit. (Galatians 5:17)
  • Remind them to confess sin immediately. (Galatians 6:19-21, 1 John 1:9)
  • Do not allow them to consistently get their way. (1 Peter 5:5; John 5:30, 6:38; Luke 22:42)
  • Use life’s problems as opportunities to teach them to trust God. (Romans 8:28, Deuteronomy 32:4, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22)
  • Explain the importance of being right with others. (1 John 4:20)
  • Pray like crazy. (Job 1:5)

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