Sun, 25 April 2010
Ephesians 6:4; Col. 3:21
Listen as Paster Thad talks to Fathers about their responsiblities in raising children.
I. a Father must embrace the Lord’s Warning- Do not/Stop provoking (to stir up) your children to anger.
How are children provoked?-Warren Wiersbe shares his list; it goes as follows:
2. Abusive Language (4:29)
3. Favoritism (Jacob toward Joseph)
4. Unfulfilled Promises
5. Always Negative/Never Praising
Why not provoke children? - so the child will not lose heart -to lose heart mean to break a child’s spirit/to become disheartened.
II. a Father must embrace the Lord’s Command - Bring up/Nourish toward maturity
-this is not optional for a Christian father
A. Fathers bring up your children in the Discipline of the Lord. The word discipline involves the whole/makeup of the child. In other words it involves the overall training of children with an emphasis on discipline.
Remember what Solomon said as recorded in the Proverbs:
“He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.”
“Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.”
B. Fathers bring up your children in the Instruction of the Lord (literally means to put into the mind/meaning a father is to be devoted to putting God’s word in the mind of their children.
1. Salvation-the gospel of grace
2. Sanctification-living the Christian life
Albert Barnes said, “If a man does not teach his children truth, others will teach them error.”
Sun, 11 April 2010
Regrettably in today's culture fathers seem to be failing in their responsibilities and disciplining children is one of those responsibilities. Let's look at what the scriptures have to say on the subject of discipline.
* Colossians 3:21 - The responsibility falls on fathers.
* Proverbs 13:24 - If you don't spank then you hate the child.
* Proverbs 22:15 - Rod of correction will remove foolishness from the child.
* Proverbs23:13-14 - Do not withhold correction as it won't kill the child.
* Proverbs 29:15 - The rod and rebuke give wisdom.
* Hebrews 12:4 - Discipline is called for and God chastens those he loves.
Sun, 4 April 2010
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Hope-What comes to mind when you think of the word hope? The main message of hope in the Bible centers on the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact in the New Testament the word hope appears about 75 times. The word hope is vital to the message of Christianity and is linked to the person of Christ. For our purposes our attention will be on Hope’s message.” What is that Message and How does it impact our lives.
I. Hope’s Message in the Present (Centers on Grief) (vs.13)
A. The Bible Says-don’t grieve like the unregenerate man.
B. The Bible Does Not Say-the author does not discourage grief. In fact the Bible says there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for everything under heaven which involves weeping and mourning.
II. Hope’s Message in the Past (Centers on the Gospel) (vs.14)
A. The Death of Christ-I Corinthians 15 says, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”
B. The Resurrection of Christ-Paul also writes, “He was buried and He was raised the third day according to the Scriptures…”
C. The Promise of another Resurrection-His power to raise illustrated not only in the life of Lazarus but also...
III. Hope’s Message in the Future (Centers on Guarantees) Why is Hope’s Message in the Future Important? Just listen to this verse from I Corinthians (vs.15)- “If we have hoped in Christ, in this life only we are of all men most to be pitied.”
A. The Return of the Lord –heaven is about the Lord.
B. The Reunion of all who are in Christ (those dead at Christ’s return and those alive when He returns).
C. The Realization of Eternity-we (the church) will always be with the Lord.
IV. Hope’s Responsibility-Encouragement-that instruction is for the entire body of Christ - So What? What Impact Does Hope Have in Our Lives?
1. For some maybe nothing at all-Why? No relationship with the Lord.
2. Gives perspective on grieving/we will see those in Christ for eternity.
3. Grateful hearts/heart that are burdened for the lost.