Sermon- Family First (Study Guide Included) —  November 2, 2012

Looking for a sermon idea for a family series/family emphasis day? Wanting to be a better parent?

This message is a wake up call for parents, that want to have children that follow the Lord. Based on a sad story, there are however, great lessons to be learned.

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Family First

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

1. Christian parents don’t __________________ christian children.

1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord. (NLT)

1 Samuel 8:1 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel.

1 Samuel 8:2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

Six points of disconnection:

1.       Overprotective. 

2.       Shallow.

3.       Anti-science.

4.       Repressive

5.       Exclusive.

6.       Doubtless. “Doubt is the ants in the pants of faith” Frederich Buchner.

2. Children are books to be _________________, not written.

1 Samuel 8:3 But they were not like their father… 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you.

1 Samuel 3:18 So Samuel told Eli everything; he didn’t hold anything back. “It is the Lord’s will,” Eli replied. “Let him do what he thinks best.”

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

Ask yourself three key questions.

Do they know _____________?

Do you know _____________?

Do they know _____________?

3. All is not lost. Especially not our __________________________.

Luke 15:32 “We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!”

To do:

  1. Make sure you’re _____________________.

  2. Never give up.

  3. Listen.

“Your children are going to break your heart. Somehow, somewhere. Maybe more than once. To become a parent is to promise to love prodigals.” (“You Lost Me” James K. A. Smith)


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