Most parents will easily confess that parenting is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, adventures available in this life. This lesson will focus on exploring the various responsibilities that the Bible assigns to both parents and children.
- Take a moment and discuss the portions of this week’s message that made the biggest impact on you.
- Now discuss what you think perfect parenting looks like.
Have someone in your Life Group read Ephesians 6:1-4 and answer the following questions:
- What do you think Paul means in verse 1 by “in the Lord?”
- What do you think Paul means by “Honor” in verse 2?
- Discuss as a group: What are the biggest obstacles to teaching children to obey? How can parents overcome these obstacles?
Read Romans 1:18-32
- Are those who are disobedient to their parents among the types of people who experience God’s wrath?
Now discuss the role of the parent in raising obedient children:
- According to Ephesians 6:2who is the child to honor? Does this mean that both parents are to be involved in teaching the child obedience?
- According to Proverbs 31:28how should children describe a Godly mother? What do you think “blessed” means in this verse?
- Regarding Ephesians 6:4why do you suppose Paul singled fathers out? What are some examples of provoking? What are the long-term consequences of parents provoking their children to anger?
Parenting has never been easy and some would argue that it is harder today than ever (of course your parents said the same thing!). Parenting is easier, however, when parents and children both occupy their God appointed roles. Take the last few minutes and discuss the following:
- Whose primary job is it to disciple children: the church or the parents? Why?
- What are some ways your Life Group can help other parents in the Life Group be more successful at raising obedient children who honor their parents?
- What are some specific habits you as a parent can develop to do a better job at raising obedient children who honor their parents?