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By David Watson
Benchley, February 12, 2017
- (Grand)parenting applications: training child to respect and obey authority (continued)
||Passage(s) to discuss & guide
||Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach
||Temptations and hindrances
||Behaviors to correct
|Submit (in non-sinful matters)
||Romans 13:1-2; Ephesians 5:21-22, 25, 33
||Show humility and good attitude toward authorities; enforce authority over kids.
||East to let things slide because they don’t bother me – but kids need the lesson.
||Disrespect, disobedience, bad attitudes (backtalk, eye rolling, etc.)
||Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Matthew 20:25-28
||Teach leadership by example, serving those led; giving small opportunities to lead.
||Use authority for selfishness; good, exemplary leaders hard to find.
||Exploiting opportunities for self.
|Respect and obey God
||Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 26:19
||Fear God instead of just “going to church”; make a habit: read Bible –> improve life
||Easy to just follow religious peers / traditions instead of God Himself.
||Rationalizing bad behaviors.
- Train children to develop moral excellence
- II Peter 1:5-11
- Is it the job of public schools to teach these virtues?
- How do we know when we have enough of these qualities?
- Moral excellence (virtue)
- Self-control (temperance) – Marshmallow Test
- Perseverance (patience, steadfastness) – patience with our circumstances
- Brotherly kindness
- Love – agape; affectionate goodwill
- Teaching morals is unique
- Teaching morals begins with the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16