May 07, 2017 PM
Rev. Stephen Dervan
#3 in series
WE ARE FAMILY
God's Design for Parenting
"And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, 'Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.' And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them." – Mark 10:13-16
• God __ parenting.
• God has a __ for parenting.
• God designed parenting to be both a __
and a __.
1) God gives children as __, not __.
2) God gives parents __ for children.
Parents, it's not all our __,
but it's all our __.
3) Children should __ and __ parents.
4) Parents give kids their first __ of God.
5) God knows parenting is __.
6) Parents should seek God's __.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." – Psalm 127