Parenting Your Adult Children – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

On the Mother’s day of 2019, Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Parenting Your Adult Children focused on Proverbs 23:22.
Proverbs 23:22
ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite or most memorable “Mom” moment?
1. Genesis 2:24 gives the reason a man leaves his parents to marry his wife. From this text, what are the implications for the parents who are left? If you have experienced this departure, either as a child or as a parent, what was it like?
2. 3 John 4 is referring to spiritual children, but the principle can apply to the parenting process as well. What evidence are you looking for to discern whether your children are “walking in the truth”?
3. The fifth commandment mandates the honouring of parents [Exodus 20:12]. Does this require that all children, including adult ones, should be expected to obey their parents at all times and in every way? Is it possible to honour parents without fully obeying them?
4. What principles of parenting children do you glean from God’s comments to Abraham in Genesis 18:19?
5. Proverbs 3:1-10 provides an excellent example of a godly parent passing on wise counsel to children of an unspecified age. Some of the counsel appears particularly relevant to older offspring as well [3:9]. Which of these proverbs would be fitting for your family members, and how would they apply?
6. Part of parenting adult children is to encourage them to conduct themselves in a godly, responsible manner within the broader family of God. What good counsel comes from Paul in 1 Timothy 5:1-16 that applies to all ages?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” [George Mueller]