“Putting God Back in the Family”
April 23rd, Morning Sermon
The parent/child relationship is one of the most amazing relationships we can experience. Children alternate between wanting to please their parents and wanting to get as far away from them as they can. Parents can look at their child as a gift from God most of the time but every once in a while, they see them as a test from hell.
1. What can we do to help our children have a closer relationship to God? What can we do as parents and what can we do as members of the congregation, relatives, etc.?
2. In Ephesians 6:1-3 it says to obey and honor your parents. How does honor differ from obey? How would it show itself in our children or in us if we are grown children?
3. Exodus 20:12 says, "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” What does this verse mean? Do obedient children always live long lives? Why not?
4. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” What do you think this verse means?
5. Can a person ever get old enough that they don’t have to obey their parents? Honor their parents? What principles might apply here?
6. How can we help children obey and honor their parents when they have parents who make burdensome rules or are not God honoring parents?