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Sermon Passages: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

We often tend to think of the academic or practical sides of instructing our children: Get 'em into college so they can get a good job, right? That's important, but above these critical areas, "the chief end of every Christian parent must be the spiritual interests, the religious character, and eternal salvation of his children" (John Angell James). Teaching our children about the character of God inspires obedience, worship, and faith in Him; teaching them about the gospel brings salvation to the lost and gives life and hope to the Christian each day.


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Sermon Passages: Colossians 3:20; Proverbs 29:17

Like instruction, disciplining your children—admonishing or calling them to soundness of mind and self-control—changes as your child grows. Whatever their age, however, the goal of discipline is ultimately the godliness and welfare of your child. We discipline our children out of love and affection, not hatred or anger. Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” Mickey gives excellent instruction about what this does and does not mean.


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Sermon Passages: Deuteronomy 5:32-6:9; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21

The first session of our fall parenting seminar looked at the duty of parents and our dependence on God's grace; his commands in the Old and New Testaments call fathers and mothers to a high standard in bringing up the children He has given them.


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Sermon Passages: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

We are called to humbly set forth the simple truth: 1) We are sinners in need of a savior. 2) Jesus is that savior, dying in our place and then rising again. 3) To be saved we must turn and trust in Christ, in the salvation he alone accomplished for us. Sharing the gospel need not be complicated. Simply share the truth and let the power of God do the work to save.