Three Principles to Raising Godly Children

Published on Aug 19, 2019
 
 
 
Pastor Josh Walters shares 3 key ingredients to be intentional about as we seek to raise and lead Godly children. For you can have 10,000 instructors in Christ, but you can’t have many fathers. Now I have fathered you in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 1 Corinthians 4:15 (HB) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NIV) Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. Proverbs 1:1-6 (NIV) THREE KEY INGREDIENTS FOR RAISING GODLY CHILDREN 1. THE ME FACTOR Key Principle: You replicate who you are, not who you want to be. 2. THE WE FACTOR Key Principle: Choose to widen your circle. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV) Part 2: Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:41-46 (NIV) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) 3. THE GOD FACTOR Key Principle: Good + Bad = Good And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT)