Desert Springs Community Church
Happily Ever After? Stressor #3: Children
Locations & Times
  • Desert Springs Community Church
    14440 W Indian School Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
Parents Must Make Their Children Obey and Honor

· To honor and obey parents is extremely important to God

· Honoring and obeying parents is extremely important to spiritual development

· It is the responsibility of the parents to instill honor and obedience in little children and to demand it in older children

Parents Must Protect Their Children’s Heart

· The heart and spirit of a child needs to be protected and nurtured (Proverbs 18:4)

· How do parents cause children to lose heart?
1. Through overprotection
2. Through showing favoritism
3. Through lack of affirmation
4. Through physical or verbal abuse
5. Through lack of discipline

Parents Must Instruct Children in the Way of the Lord

· There are two sides to discipline: corrective and preventative

· Teaching, training and instruction is at the heart of preventative discipline

· How to train your children to follow after the Lord - Deuteronomy 6:1-12
1. Teach them about God vs. 4
2. Teach them to love God vs. 5
3. Teach them the Word of God vs. 6
4. Teach them through your example vs. 7
5. Teach them the truth about this world vs. 10-12

Parents Must Disciple Children Away From Sin

· Applying corrective discipline is an indispensable act of a godly parent (Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 29:15, 17)

· Discipline must always be applied in love, not in anger

· Discipline must be explained to bring instruction and understanding

· The focal point of what needs to be disciplined is disobedience

· Prepare yourself to win the battle of wills

· Discipline must be consistent

· Don’t forget to teach them about grace

Assignment: Spend five minutes each day this week praying for your children or for parents of children that you know.