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Spiritual disciplines aid spiritual growth. God is the standard for spiritual growth. He supplies us with what we need for spiritual growth. We are to exercise spiritual discernment, spiritual discipline, and practice spiritual duties.
So much of parenting methods focus on behavior modification instead of heart transformation. The Bible makes it clear that the heart is producing the behavior we see in our kids. So, how do you do it? How do you address the heart of your child and get to the root issues in their life? In this sermon we'll look at secret #2 and focusing on your child's heart. This is the reality; if you miss your child's heart you'll have missed your child. If you get to their heart, you'll get their behavior thrown in.
The Olympic Games are crowning athletic champions, but God has called us to be spiritual champions. So far, we have considered the seriousness of our calling as Christians. We have also considered our opponent, the devil, that He is real, he seeks to devour, but that through Jesus he is destroyed. We consider a very clear call today from another text in the New Testament that uses athletic competition as the analogy to the Christian life. The Word of God exhorts us to “Run in such a way that you may win.”
We must learn to put on Christ like we put on clean cloths every day. Not for our salvation, but because of it. Not so we can have nice cloths, but because we have been given a brand new wardrobe.
What are the proper motivations for godly parenting?
A few weeks ago I started a sermon with the intention of preaching about two aspects of fatherhood, called the Pleasure and Pain of Fatherhood. I had one key Scripture text for each aspect, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that if I was going to do either text any justice at all I was going to have to devote a sermon to each text. So last time I preached I spoke on what Scripture teaches about the pleasure and delight of fatherhood from the words of God the Father to God the Son at the Son’s baptism. This morning I want to address the question of how we love our children when they sin. What about when they disobey and cause us much displeasure? What does Scripture say about discipline and how do we do it in the context of love and pleasure and delight? Many of us discipline the way our parents did, what we need to do is learn to discipline the way God does. What I want to do again this morning is say some things I wish I had heard 30 years ago and not just heard but taken to heart and put into practice.