Parents’ Mandate

STUDY 30                             
8th Sunday after Trinity                 
July 25, 2021
THEME: COVENANT WITH THE LIVING GOD
SUB-THEME 5: Principles for raising godly family (1)
TOPIC: Parents’ Mandate
TEXT: Prov 22:6; Eph 6:4; 2Tim 1:4-5; 3:13-15

AIMS:                       
i.    to show God’s desire for creating mankind,
ii.    to explain further God’s desire for parents
iii.    to state the responsibilities of parents to their children.


INTRODUCTION: God said to the first human couple, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth…’ (Gen 1:27-28). As man was made in the image of God, His desire was that His offspring would also be reproduced in God’s image. The injunction from God has not changed and it cannot be over emphasized. However, many couples, perhaps mindlessly, consider their children to be mere appendages and irritating burdens which bring restrictions to their selfish or self-centered lives. Can these parents’ attitudes and actions be justified?

STUDY GUIDE:
1.    Why, in your view, was God’s desire to create man in His own image? Gen 1:27-28; Deut. 11:18-20.
2.    As Children of God, how can we be effective or capable godly parents? Neh. 8:2,8-9,13; 40:8; 119:11,98.
3.    Mention some of the responsibilities of parents to their children- 1Kings 1:1-4; 1Sam 2:18-19; Pr. 19:18; 29:17; Col 3:21; 2Tim 1:4-5. What is the repercussion of neglect? 1Sam 2:27,29,34-35.
4.    What is the eternal reward for raising godly children? Gen 39:7-9; 41:38-40; Prov 10:1; 

CONCLUSION: Raising godly children is God’s mandate and responsibility to all parents. Therefore, Christian couples must always remember that God desires them to raise a kingdom offspring, in God’s image, and as light to a dark world.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  As an Image of God, be ready to produce another Image of God in your family.

MEMORY VERSE: Prov 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”.