Thursday - September 29, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Colossians 3:20; Ephesians 6:1-4
MAIN IDEA: “Why is it important to obey parents?”
God has given us a pattern for the leadership of our homes. First, God expects children to listen to their parents and mind what they say. Children must learn that there are boundaries that are set by parents for their behavior. They must also learn from their parents that there are consequences for not staying within these boundaries. Children are not born with the ability to set their own boundaries correctly (see Genesis 8:21). It is a great responsibility placed on parents to set clear, correct boundaries and the appropriate discipline. The welfare of the child depends on learning the importance of subordination within the family. It is important for parents to instill obedience to boundaries (laws). To train a child to be obedient to a parent is one method of leading them to be obedient to God.
Parenting is an awesome responsibility. There will be failures and there will be successes. You must not expect perfection from your children. You also can’t ignore behavior that exceeds the established boundaries. Don’t give silent approval to inappropriate behavior.
APPLICATION: Is it possible that a child that is disobedient to a parent will be obedient to God?