Children & Parents (Part 2)

Ephesians 6:1-4 | Sermon Resources | 13 November 2022

Sermon Summary

In the sermon this week Pastor Billy focuses on Ephesians 6:4 where Paul calls fathers to bring their children up in the Lord. We will consider what this does and does not look like.

“A Roman father had absolute power over his family. He could sell them as slaves, he could make them work in the fields even in chains, he could take the law into his own hands, for the law was in his own hands, and punish as he liked, he could even inflict the death penalty on his child.” 

William Barclay

“The opposite of wrong discipline is not the absence of discipline, but right discipline, true discipline.” 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Discussion Questions

  1. What most struck you from the sermon this week? 
  2. In what way can a father provoking (or stirring up) his children actually be a good thing? 
  3. Share a time someone provoked (stirred up) you towards something good.
  4. FOR PARENTS: In the sermon Pastor Billy listed some ways we provoke our children to anger. Which was most convicting for you?
  5. In what ways can you relate to the idea of putting parenting (or other important callings in your life) on “auto-pilot”? How can we keep from doing that?
  6. Thinking back to your own childhood, what is one spiritual or life lesson you learned from your parents?
  7. In the sermon Pastor Billy listed some ways we can bring our children up in the Lord? In which of these do you feel most confident? In which area do you need the most help?
  8. Read Hebrews 12:3-11. What important lessons do we learn in this passage about the necessity of discipline in our lives?
  9. What is one thing you will do as a result of studying this passage?

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