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How to Build a Biblical Faith in our Children

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How do we build a Biblical Faith in our Children?

What Must I become as a Parent?

INTRODUCTION:

> A.†† The prayer of ever godly parent is that their children will go to heaven.

> B.†† Today a large percentage of our young people raised by Christians

have either never obeyed the gospel or are falling away.

> C.†† Many parents follow their children in departing from the Lord.

> D.†† Some raise all their children to be faithful. What makes difference?

DISCUSSION:

> I.††† FEW GRIEFS GREATER THAN SEEING CHILD FORSAKE THE LORD

> A.†† This is a pain that never goes away Prov 10:1; 17:25; 19:13

B.†† I certainly donít know what was or was not done in various families that

resulted in children never obeying the gospel or† becoming unfaithful

> C.†† Goal of study to learn from scriptures how to raise godly children.

> D.†† Letís learn more and encourage parents who have children at home.

> II.†† FEW JOYS GREATER THAN SEEING CHILDREN GROW TO BE

FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF GOD.

> A.†† We need to make this our determined goal and believe it is possible

Prov 23:24-25; 22:6

> B.†† After setting this lofty goal, what kind of commitment is necessary

to see it accomplished? Luke 14:28-30

> C.†† How do we find the strength to accomplish this? 1John 5:4-5

> II.†† SOME THINGS PARENTS MUST BE OR BECOME

> A.†† A Christian with a strong faith 2Tim 1:5

1.†† Cannot instill in a child that which you do not have and live!

2.†† Many Christians have deceived themselves into accepting a

worldly lifestyle while viewing themselves as faithful. Your

children will see the difference and be discouraged 2Cor 13:5

3.†† A biblical faith, will cost you dearly. Lk 14:33 In some cases it

may be the parent has never become a Christian

4.†† Goal of parent is to teach children about the God who loves them

and for Whom we ourselves would lay our lives down. Rev 2:10

> B.†† Knowledgeable in what is right and wrong.

1.†† If we have a strong faith, we will grow to be able to see the

deceitful traps of Satan. Heb 5:12-14

a.†† We must understand that not everything is spelled out in

black and white. We must make wise decisions Gal 5:21

b.†† This requires a daily effort to discern and prove what is

right Rom 12:1-2; 1Thess 5:21

2.†† Weak Christians cannot see clearly the pitfalls of sin for their

lives nor for their children.

a.†† Sadly, some view strong Christians as unduly limiting their

children. Some even go to point of gossip and criticism

towards those parents who try to warn them.

b.†† In other cases, the weak may actually encourage their

children in those things which are wrong.

3.†† In matters of right and wrong we will be tested severely. We must

fight battles of what Bible teaches before emotional times of

pressing personal decisions Dan 1:8; Josh 24:15

a.†† While we need to keep heart open to word of God to correct

wrong beliefs. We must not be constantly vacillating.

b.†† Children will see this and our influence will be negated.

c.†† Be consistent. We should confess when we are wrong.

> C.†† Have or develop a will to stand firm and exercise discipline.

1.†† This discipline is an outgrowth of Godís love Heb 12:5-11

a.†† We must be willing to speak the truth and discipline when

it is not easy Mark 10:21-22

b.†† Never be blind to childís faults! If so, we will be the loser?

2.†† We must communicate in discipline Eph 6:4

a.†† We need wisdom to know how to work with our child at

different age levels.

b.†† Donít discipline child when not in control! Eph 4:26-27

c.†† Make sure you have communicated to the child the lesson

to be learned.

3.†† Parent is to raise the child, not the opposite! Prov 29:15; 3:12

> D.†† Committed to practicing Godís will in your relationship to your mate.

1.†† When a home functions as God wills there is a great strength.

Eph 5:25-33

2.†† The patterns you have with spouse in communication, affection,

respect, faith in God, etc., will have a large impact upon the rest

of your childís life.

3.†† Uncontrolled anger is devastating to children Eph 4:31-32

> E.†† Committed to being a good teacher Deut 6:4-9; Eph 6:4

1.†† You will be a teacher! Be the best you can be.

2.†† Prepare yourself far ahead of the birth of the child to teach.

> F.†† You must put away the schemes of Satan Jas 3:13-15

1.†† If you become a critic you will embitter your children towards

Christians.† Do not be surprised when they take your spirit to

its logical conclusion.

2.†† Instill Godís wisdom. James 3:17-18

> G.†† Be a couple who stands united on these things Lk 1:6; 1Pet 3:7

1.†† This would mean marrying a Christian.

2.†† Parents can avoid allowing child to pit one parent against other

CONCLUSION:

> A.†† Yes, I know some children leave the Lord in spite of all the best efforts of ††††††††††††††† godly parents.

> B.†† But we must try to build a solid faith in our children!

> C.†† In the end, if our Children serve the Lord, it will be for Godís glory.

> D.†† What influence and example will we leave with our children?

1.†† ďMirror, mirror on the wall, I am more like my mother after all!Ē

2.†† Your voice will speak long after your departure in the mind of your

child Prov 22:6; Heb 12:1-2

(By Larry Rouse revised by JLH)


Prov 10:1 The Provoverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Prov 17: :25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Prov 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Prov 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.†† 25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Lk 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?†† 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,†† 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

1Jhn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.†† 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

2Tim 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Lk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1Thess 5:21 Provove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the Province of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Josh 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Mk 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.†† 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:†† 27 Neither give place to the devil.

Prov 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

Prov 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:†† 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:†† 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.†† 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:†† 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.†† 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.†† 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.†† 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.†† 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.†† 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Lk 1:6 And they (Zacharias & Elizabeth Johnís parents). were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1Pet 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your Provayers be not hindered.

Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,††† 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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