First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake
God's Design for Parenting
These are notes for our morning service on June 10. 2018
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake
    5801 SW 120th Ave, Miami, FL 33183, USA
    Sunday 10:15 AM
Deacon's Meeting
Monday, June 11 at 7:00 PM
Vacation Bible School
Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 PM
This week’s lesson is about Jesus calling Peter to follow him. All children 5 years and older please meet in room 1112.
Quarterly Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 13
Family Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 AM
Everyone is invited to share in a Pancake Breakfast in honor of our dads in Building 1000.
Teen Car Wash
Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 AM to Noon
Got a dirty car? The teens would love your support as they prepare to go to The Wilds!
Ladies Conference
September 28-29
Already much planning has gone into this event. This year’s conference will be refreshing and recharging. Registration is open and due by July 15. Pick up a brochure in the lobby.
Many have lost the perspective of parenting: parenting is vitally important. There’s a crisis in our country when it comes to parenting.
In today's passages:
- Moses summarizes how to live as God’s people
- Jesus reminds us where our treasures are
What are our goals?
Do you realize that this is our most important job?
- We want our children to have an encounter with Christ.
- Think of the tens of thousand of dollars we have contributed to the many things to help our children. All of these things are a great way to help our kids relationally.
Why are we not willing to spend precious moments discussing with our kids about the most important truths of Christ?
- Spend moments in conversation about Christ with our kids.
- What kind of treasures are we building up in our child?
- Do they know Jesus Christ? That is the chief goal, our greater dream for our children and grandchildren. It is the first and most important goal.
- College:
"Children spend the majority of their waking hours in school. Parents invest a good portion of their life savings in college education and entrust their offspring to people who are supposed to educate them. Isn’t it wonderful that educators have figured out a way to make parents the instruments of their own undoing? Isn’t it brilliant that they have persuaded Christian moms and dads to finance the destruction of their own beliefs and values? Who said atheists aren’t clever?” - DineshD’Souza in What’s So Great About Christianity
"Universities are trying to secularize private Christian schools," Mr. Tyler said. "They have taken God out of public schools. Now they want to do it at Christian schools."
Disciple our kids, showing them what Jesus looks like by the way we live in two ways:
1. Grace - we are called to disciple our kids in grace
- As we disciple with grace are we willing to be honest and admit our failures?
- Parenting is not just about their mistakes, but also our mistakes.
- They need to know we were not perfect: that we were lost.
- We need forgiveness, see how God’s grace meets you.
- Offer some kind of Grace of forgiveness.
2. Love - we are called to disciple them in love
How? With all your might, all your strength, and all your heart.
Without Jesus Christ our ability to forgive, have compassion, and love is greatly limited. In Christ we have the ability to have Christ live His life in us.
- Teach them to follow me, so they can watch how God graciously loved me and watch how I love others.
Goals of discipleship: show grace and love.
When we talk about discipline we are talking about addressing the lostness of our kids.
- It's easy to get wrapped up in the behavior of our kids, but forget the heart of our kids.
- We must understand about the lostness that our kids display.
- The Bible describes our heart as being filled with folly. (Proverbs 22)
- Know what folly means: it means a true wayward spirit.
- Folly has marked their hearts and their whole lives.
How do we remove this folly?
Two lies which kids believe:
1. That they are in charge. We have to introduce them to God’ authority.
2. That they are self-sufficient: they need God’s wisdom.

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