To motivate and support heads of the household in acknowledging their call to bring their children up “in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4 (NIV))”.
WHAT ARE YOU COMMITTING TO? Discipline – Discipline means to train by instruction and correction. The concept of discipline is BOTH teaching knowledge and administering punishment and it is important that this takes place regularly.
Deuteronomy 6:5 commands us to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Verses 6-7 goes on to say: “and these words which I command you, shall be in your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Your child’s discipline should be continuous and should be routed in your (1) LOVE for and DEVOTIONto the LORD, and (2) in your appreciation of what the LORD has done (His deliverance from the bondage of sin) and is doing (His continuous spiritual blessings in this life and in the life to come). As parents you must find teachable moments in your everyday life. Teach them to observe God in all they do.
Discipline is also corrective. In Hebrews 12:5,6 the author quotes Job and makes a point to illustrate God’s “parenthood” to us. He explains that God, as a loving Father, chastens us. In verse 6 he states, “For whom the Lord loves He chastens”. The word chasten can also be translated as “discipline”. Just as God the Father chastens us in love, we should also chasten our own children.
Dedication – Dedicate means to set apart for special purposes. As parents you are setting yourself apart for the work of the Lord, which includes daily disciplining your child and modeling the life the Lord would want your child to live.
An example of a parent dedicated to the Lord is found in 1 Samuel chapters 1 & 2. Hanna had a relationship with God as evidenced by her prayer (1 Samuel 1:11) and praise (1 Samuel 2:8). Barren for many years, Hannah was cried out to the Lord for a son and made a vow to give her son back to God if He would give her favor. God heard Hannah's cries and gave her a son -- Samuel. Hannah kept her vow and dedicated Samuel unto the Lord. In this story we have an example of the mindset and attitude we should have towards our families and their relationship to God. We are to do the most we can to dedicate or "set apart" ourselves and our children to God until the day that they can make their own choice for Jesus.
To help you walk through your commitment we will discuss this and other information in our
Pre-Parent Dedication session.
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