• (Grand)parenting applications: training child to respect and obey authority (continued)

Specific Goal

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.)

Lead well

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?
      • Qualities:
        • Faith
        • Moral excellence (virtue)
        • Knowledge
        • Self-control (temperance) – Marshmallow Test
        • Perseverance (patience, steadfastness) – patience with our circumstances
        • Godliness
        • Brotherly kindness
        • Love – agape; affectionate goodwill
    • Teaching morals is unique
      • Teaching morals begins with the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16