Principle #1: Establish and live by God’s standards (Deuteronomy 6:1)
Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it. (Deuteronomy 6:1)
Principle #2: Pass it on to next generations (Deuteronomy 6:2)
So that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. (Deuteronomy 6:2)
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Principle #3: Convinced of the need for God’ s blessing (Deuteronomy 6:3)
O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. (Deuteronomy 6:3)
And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb (Deuteronomy 7:13).
Principle #4: Undivided loyalty to Yahweh (LORD) (Dt. 6:4-5)
Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
Principle #5: Devoted to His Word (Deuteronomy 6:6)
And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. Deuteronomy (6:6)
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Principle #6: Committed to Teaching his sons (Deuteronomy 6:7)
And you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
And shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:7).
1. Sitting down in your house.
2. Walking somewhere (today driving or riding).
3. Lying down (getting ready for bed).
4. Getting up (early in the morning).
Principle #7: Display God’ s Word (Deuteronomy 6:8-9)
And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:8-9)
Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse. (Malachi 4:5-6)
When do you start?
How do you get your child to sit still during devotions?
How do you pray?
Praying for your Child
The Mother’ s Role
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1-4)
That they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored. (Titus 2:4-5)
For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. (2 Timothy 1:5)
And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15)
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
A Family Purpose
Salvation among our Children
So then as through one transgression (Adam’s sin) there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness (Jesus’ righteousness) there resulted justification of life to all men. (Romans 5:18)
I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5)
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)
Raising Godly Children
——- Parenting Principles ——–
* The whole family is commanded to love God with all their heart soul, mind and strength.
* The father’ s love, obedience and zeal for the Lord will greatly impact the family.
* The wife assists the husband in carrying out his responsibilities.
* There are two ways a father must instruct his children about the Lord: formally and informally.
* Family devotions are important and necessary to train the children and inspire them in their worship of the Lord.
* Parents should point out to their children their need and the way of salvation but wait for God to stir their hearts unto repentance.
* The parents should pray about each child’ s future and pray that as a godly child they would grow to fulfill God’ s purpose.
——- Questions ——–
2. In what two main ways is this person to carry out this spiritual duty?
3. Why is it that many children leave the Lord?
4. Is living a good life the same as being saved? Why or why not?
5. Why are family devotions so important?
6. What are three things that should occur during family devotions?
7. Should parents press their children to have personal devotions? Why or why not?
8. How should a parent learn to pray for his or her child?
9. What should a parent look for in the child when trying to discern whether a child is close to salvation?