Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
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Q: What can parents do if children start to stray away from the faith and how can they prevent this from happening?
A: If you are certain your child is straying away from the scriptural truths of the Christian faith he or she was brought up with, chances are your child is having trouble seeing how those scriptural truths apply to his or her life right now. Perhaps the child is going through some problems and just cannot see how "church" is going to help. Perhaps the child has been fooled by the things of this world into believing that the Christian faith is "no fun" or will somehow withhold pleasure from his or her life.
Parents, the key is communication – from you!!! No progress can be made in this area without calmly talking with your child. As a parent you have always wanted what is best for your child and this is no different. As children experience problems or changes that have them doubting how relevant the Christian faith is to their lives, parents want what is best for them. Parents want their children to be able to apply scriptural truths to the challenges, changes, and pleasures of this life because this is what is best for them. So parents talk to their children about these things. Where is the disconnect between the Christian faith and the child's life? What are the hurts or problems or issues that the child thinks cannot be helped by a healthy relationship with God? Let's talk about how God wants to bless us in every area of our lives, even the problems, because he loves us.
A passage that has always helped me as a parent in this area is 1 Timothy 4:8: "Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." Here God tells us that living a life that honors him holds out a promise for this life; namely, it allows us to enjoy life to the full with the joy, security, and peace of a solid relationship with him. The godly life also holds out the promise of something even better, eternal life, as God uses the gospel to keep us clinging to the Lord Jesus in faith and looking forward to heaven.
The Next Sermon Series
THE GOSPEL JOURNEY
June 29, 2014 Mt. 5:1-16 The Welcome Mat
July 6, 2014 Mt. 5:13-20 Health Check
July 13, 2014 Mt. 5:21-26 Anger Management
July 20, 2014 Mt. 5:33-37 A Little Goes …
I look forward to seeing you this weekend! Bring someone with you!
Pastor John Parlow