This post summarizes the last two sermons in the Heritage Series from Grace City Church. As a parent, you might be wondering – who dares preach about parenting?!
The right answer at any rate would be- any good preacher with the right message from the Word of God, the Bible!
This is the final post in Margfamilies’ parenting series, and it follows last week’s post. Some of you might have had no time to read these posts, because you’ve been busy parenting. I can imagine parents wishing that bringing up children would finish as easily as a three-part blog series does.
But that would mean you are assuming parenting ends when children grow up and leave home. You might even be thinking of parenting as little more than a huge list of “infinite” chores that need to be done and a headache you must live with. After all- you’re the mom who has to lose time over bitter fights between siblings, you are the dad who needs to pay the annual school fee that costs more than your bike does.
ATTENTION ! Out of the reverie!
Do you really have to control your kid’s future and all of it’s 23,258 aspects? You think you really are able to? Have we all not failed enough already?
And, is our Lord not powerful enough to do what is right, so we don’t have to be in control?
We need to remember God is fully able and is already taking the best care of the children He gives as gifts to parents. (Ps. 127:3,4). Let us not think everything lies in our hands. Hopefully, we remember that His purposes cannot be thwarted (Job 42:2).
This is a sequel to a far-away post that turned upside down almost all parenting fundas and assumptions Marg Wanowrie church had. The Heritage Parenting Series has eight sermon videos, along with helpful notes and summaries, which I would recommend heartily to parents (and non-parents) curious about Biblical parenting or, God’s principles for bringing up children.
That mountain with the shining trophy called WELL-BEHAVING CHILDREN and PEACE OF MIND at the top! Yaay!
You start at the foot though.
Journeying up this seemingly arduous path with your kids and spouse, covered with broken china, dal-smeared walls, failed family-worship times and long-forgotten commitments to evangelism and church gatherings.
Also there’s poopoo in the living room, dental visits inspired by horror movies, torn expensive flip-books, 3AM-diaper changes, expectations from church leaders, deep-theology questions from 4-year olds maybe John Piper could explain, airborne toys, raw and public disobedience, balcony-scares and tantrums by both children and parents.
What an uphill minefield God has landed you at, right?
You might have just heated up an early dinner for your child.
Let’s say that was the plan!
As a responsible parent, you want to give your best to your child. You have read really good authors on parenting. Heard powerful sermons on Godly parenting by the best preachers in Christendom. You hope that your child will soon exhibit the results of your renewed efforts. But you cringe at those times when your child disobeys you, launches a ball and breaks a china plate at someone else’s house. You dread your church members shaking their heads in disapproval at your child’s behaviour. Continue reading “A Love Letter To Christian Parents”