Heavenly Help for the Home – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Heavenly Help for the Home focusing on biblical parenting principles.
ICEBREAKER: Describe something unique (life lesson, favourite saying, life hack, dream, ability, etc.) that you learned from your father.
1. We believe that God’s Word is His revelation of Himself and His ways to us. Therefore, it does not originate in people’s minds but God’s [Deuteronomy 6:1-2]. How does this affect your attitude toward the Word of God and its authority to speak into every aspect of your life, including your family?
2. How would you implement the commands of Deuteronomy 6:6-9 in your household? What do you do formally to instruct our family in God’s ways? What informal opportunities do you look for to bring God’s Word into your family’s life?
3. In Genesis 18:19, the LORD stated that Abraham’s responsibility was to command his family to keep God’s ways by doing what is right and just. What does that look like according to this text, as well as Jeremiah 22:3, Jeremiah 22:15-17, and Ezekiel 18:5-9?
4. Joshua, as leader of Israel, challenged the nation to make a choice regarding whom they would serve [Joshua 24:14-15]. He had determined to lead His family to serve/worship the LORD. What would his family do, and not do, according to this text?
5. Proverbs 4 is written by a parent to a child. From this chapter, what insights do you gain that pertain to child-raising? What should children be encouraged to pursue, and what should they flee?
6. According to Hebrews 12:5-11, how should discipline be viewed, even within the dynamics of a family? What does discipline indicate [vs. 6-7]? What is the purpose/goal of discipline [vs. 10-11]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“I was raised in the greatest of homes…just a really great dad, and I miss him so much…he was a good man, a real simple man…Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.” (Max Lucado, Christian Author)