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Family Day – Parenting Principles from Proverbs

As we celebrate Family Day, Pastor David walks us through what the book of Proverbs says about parenting. Join us in-person or online at our YouTube page for a great time of worship including a time of sharing of testimonies.

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Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) (NKJV)

Q: As a parent, what am I supposed to do?

Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the Lord, 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. (I Kings 8:63) (also II Chron. 7:5)

Wisdom is __________________ the Lord and then                            seeing and responding to life from His perspective.

Q: When am I supposed to do this?


1. TRAINING TAKES ____________. (Prov. 1:8, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 5:1)

…Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the Lord do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren… Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. (Deut. 4:9; 6:7)

  • Talk to your kids about _____________   (Proverbs 4:20,24)
  • Talk to your kids about ___________________

(Proverbs 1:10-15; 23:19-21; 24:1)

  • Talk to your kids about _________________

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. …Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. (Proverbs 3:1,2,9,10) (also 6:1-5)

  • Talk to your kids about ___________ (Proverbs 5-7, 9:13-18)
  • Talk to your kids about the ___________ (Proverbs 3:5-6)

2. TRAINING TAKES _____________.

For Abraham will become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord and do what is right and just. Then I will do for him all that I have promised. (Gen.18:18,19)

3. TRAINING TAKES ______________.

The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. (Proverbs 20:7)

  • Truth must be _________________.

Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ. (I Corinthians 11:1)

  • Truth must be ________________.

If you don’t punish your children, you don’t love them. If you do love them, you will correct them. (Proverbs 13:24) (GNT)

Discipline your children, and they will give you happiness and peace of mind. (Proverbs 29:17)

Digging Deeper

Q1: What particular memories of your birth family bring a smile to your face? Why?

Q2: What character traits did you appreciate in one/more of your family members?

Q3: Family Day is relatively new. Have you developed any traditions for this annual holiday? Or, do you have some creative ideas in mind?  If so, explain.

Q4: Read Psalm 127.  What does this passage teach you about family life?

Q5: Do you remember you parents/grandparents talking to you about important life issues?  If so, what are some of the verbal lessons that were passed on to you?

Q6: Read Ephesians 1:3-10.  What words stand out to you?  How does the truth that you have been adopted into God’s family give you a sense of worth and well-being?

Q7: If you could pass on one word of truth to the next generation, what would it be?