By David Watson

Benchley, January 1, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love God (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Find peace, contentment, and joy in God Proverbs 2:1-10; II Corinthians 1:1-7; I Timothy 6:17-18 Live for God instead of just “going to church”; train attitude to revolve around spiritual truths. Emotions revolve around peers, fashion, sports, grades, entertainment Knows sports stats or latest hairstyles, hasn’t prayed since Sunday …
Prioritize God over peers, career, wealth … James 4:4; Matthew 16:24-26; I timothy 6:6-11 “Did you make God happy today?” > “What grade did you make on …” YouTube kid!  Busy schedules Cares about school, not about Bible class.


  • Train children to love others
    • Love your neighbor as yourself
      • This is the second greatest command (Matthew 22:39)!
      • Suppose Barnabas was your dad (Acts 4:36-37; 11:22-26; 15:2)
        • Would you grow up thinking he loved others?
        • Would you grow up learning how to love others yourself?
      • Take God’s perspective
        • What do the following passages teach about how to view our fellow humans?
          • Genesis 1:26-27
          • Genesis 9:6
          • Jonah 4:11
          • Acts 17:24-29
          • I Peter 3:7
        • Consider the contrast with how Adolf Hitler viewed human life.
      • Brothers and sisters in Christ should hold a special place in our hearts.
        • I Corinthians 8:11-13; II Corinthians 12:19-20; I Peter 4:8-10; I John 4:20 – 5:2

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